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Sorry, Apple: Judge Rejects Request for Samsung Phone Ban

The judge says banning the products is too harsh a response


Despite a jury ruling that found Samsung had violated Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) technology patents, a judge has rejected Apple’s demand that the infringing Samsung devices be taken off the market.

In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said removing the products from the market was too harsh a response given that only a fraction of their features were involved in the dispute, the Associated Press noted.

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Koh also said banning them would harm consumers by depriving them of the many non-infringing features that they offered.

In August, a jury found in Apple’s favor and awarded it $1 billion in damages after determining that Samsung had infringed on Apple patents in 26 products, including some of its popular smartphones. Most were older models, and only three are still available in the U.S.

While the judge denied Apple’s request to ban the affected devices, she also shot down Samsung’s demand for a new trial over alleged misconduct by the jury foreman.

The latest ruling doesn’t end the ongoing litigation. Judge Koh is still considering contending motions regarding the size of the jury award and additional requests for a new trial by Samsung.

Shares of Apple rose fractionally in Tuesday morning trading.

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