Earlier, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON: BC94) (KRX: 005930) was found guilty of infringement of three of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s patents. Now, Apple has approached a court in California with a request for ordering Samsung to discontinue the usage of features found responsible of infringing its patents, following up on the previous verdict by a jury. The company, further, wants the damages awarded to it to be reviewed by the court or to order a retrial for the same.
Prevent further usage of disputed feature
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), in its filing on Saturday clarified that through its injunction, it only proposed the stoppage of further use of the specific features by Samsung that the jury found as infringing three of Apple’s patents. It made clear that it did not want the court to bar the entire lines of products from the marketplace.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has allowed a time period of one month to Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON: BC94) (KRX: 005930) for delaying the enforcement of the injunction. Samsung can utilize this period for swapping-in the alternatives that are non-infringing besides being readily available are easy to implement as well.
Features in question<
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has come up with many innovative features, and few of these are covered under the injunction sought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose division by Apple. The disputed features are ‘slide-to-unlock’ on phone home screens for unlocking a device, auto-correct for prompts on the spelling of words, and the so-called ‘quick links’ feature for scanning text to identify certain types of structures such as phone numbers, dates and email addresses.
These three patents were infringed by Samsung and it was required to pay Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) about $119 million as per the ruling by a jury in the California court, earlier this month.
“After the jury rejected Apple’s grossly exaggerated damages claim, Apple is once again leaning on the court to push other smartphones out of the market. If granted, this would stifle fair competition and limit choice for American consumers,” Samsung said in an emailed comment on Apple’s request for an injunction.