Apple Again Asks Court to Ban Samsung Products

The legal battle between Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Samsung rages on. Apple is again seeking to ban U.S. sales of Samsung Electronics products that were found to have infringed on its patents last year.

Apple asked U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, Friday, to ban sales of around 20 Samsung smartphones and tablets, including Galaxy S 4G and Galaxy Tab 10.1, that were found to have infringed on its patents. Koh had earlier rejected Apple's bid to get the Samsung products banned. However, a U.S. federal appeals court in November, said that Apple was free to pursue an injunction for banning some of Samsung's products.

"Samsung's claim that it has discontinued selling the particular models found to infringe or design around Apple's patents in no way diminishes Apple's need for injunctive relief," Apple stated in a court filing. "Because Samsung frequently brings new products to market, an injunction is important to providing Apple the relief it needs to combat any future infringement by Samsung through products not more than colorably different from those already found to infringe."

The news comes at a time when, reportedly, Apple and Samsung Electronics have resumed negotiations to resolve disputes over patent-infringement claims that have resulted in a two-year legal battle. According to reports, the tech giants are discussing the possibility of putting an end to all of their litigation, inking a royalties deal, and finally ending their ongoing dispute.

"As far as I know, the companies recently resumed working-level discussions toward the signing of a potential deal. They are in the process of narrowing differences over royalty payments," a Korea Fair Trade Commission (FTC) told Korea Times in a story published on Sunday.

The report stated that Samsung's head of mobile business, JK Shin, may meet with top Apple executives early next year to discuss a possible licensing deal, but it noted that the two companies are still having tremendous difficulties agreeing on how much the various patents in question are worth.

For more see:
-This Bloomberg article
-This Korea Times article

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