Nearly two years after the initial trial concluded, Apple has prevented Samsung from selling certain phones in the US. The trial itself was concluded in late 2014, but has been ongoing as both companies have appealed various different rulings.
US District Judge Lucy Koh, who has presided over the case from its inception, has ruled that, since certain Samsung phones infringed on Apple’s patents, they are banned from sale in the US. However, since this is a case from 2014, all of the phones are very old. Here is the full list:
- Galaxy Nexus
- Galaxy Note
- Galaxy Note 2
- Galaxy S2
- Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch
- Galaxy S2 Skyrocket
- Galaxy S3
As you can see, the most recent phone on this list is the Galaxy S3, which was released back in May 2012. So it’s more than likely not many people are using these phones anymore or are looking to purchase them directly from a carrier. Sprint is the only carrier that still sells the Galaxy S3, but it’s pre-owned, so none of the big four sell it as new anymore.
Even though these devices may not matter much anymore to the general public, Samsung is unhappy with the ruling, saying “if the legal precedent in this case stands, it would likely discourage many innovators from entering markets, cutting directly against the very purpose of patents as promoters of innovation.”
It is very likely that Samsung will appeal this decision, as they filed a petition with the Supreme Court last December asking the justices to review design patents. If the Supreme Court does take up the case, it would be the first time they have done so in 120 years. What do you think Samsung or the Supreme Court will do?