Judge Lucy Koh has set the date for the Samsung vs Apple hearing where Apple is looking to ban 8 different Samsung smartphones in the United States. Here’s the list of phones they are looking to ban:
- Galaxy S 4G
- Galaxy S2 (AT&T)
- Galaxy S2 (Skyrocket)
- Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile)
- Galaxy S2 Epic 4G
- Galaxy S Showcase
- Droid Charge
- Galaxy Prevail
On December 6th both Samsung and Apple will be continuing this epic saga in court, and as you would expect, Samsung will be defending itself as Apple seeks to completely ban the sales of some of the top Samsung selling handsets in the United States. Samsung is also going to be rather busy on September 20th when they’ll be working on getting rid of the ban that is currently sitting on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 device. What I find ridiculous is that the Tab 10.1 was found to not be infringing on any of Apple’s patents, thus I would imagine that the ban should be easily lifted. If it isn’t infringing how can Apple keep a ban on that device? I guess we’ll leave that to the lawyers.
This has been such a long and tiring trial for both companies. It’s been kind of tiring to watch too. I can only begin to imagine how much stress is being put on Samsung right now, both financially and when it comes to being innovative. When December 6th comes along, which is pretty far out, I’m sure we’ll all be turning to live blogs and Twitter feeds to watch what’s conspiring inside the courtroom. There’s no doubt that Apple will be its usual self with their stern looks and communist-like control over their patents. By then, lets just hope that the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) changes the system, quickly. This has gotten absolutely ridiculous and out of hand.
If you weren’t able to catch it, just this last week Samsung was awarded a $1.5 billion fine for infringing on Apple’s utility patents on numerous devices that excluded the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.0. Since then, Samsung has been trying to fight these fines and bans, and rightly so, but with the statements coming from the Jury, things aren’t looking very good on Samsung’s side of things. But, Samsung did leave the consumers a promise, and they are living up to that by fighting this ruling:
Certainly, we are very disappointed by the verdict at the US District Court for the Northern District of California (NDCA), and it is regrettable that the verdict has caused concern amongst our employees, as well as our loyal customers.
However, the judge’s final ruling remains, along with a number of other procedures. We will continue to do our utmost until our arguments have been accepted.
Is anyone looking forward to see whether or not the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will at the very least get legal again? Sure we can always take to eBay, but there’s nothing like a brand new Samsung Galaxy tablet, right? Let us know in the comments below!
source: Talk Android