Judge Makes Apple Wait Until 10/13 For Samsung Ban Hearing
At the beginning of July Apple made an important move in the lawsuit against Samsung. Cupertino filed an injunction to ban the Korean phones from the U.S. market but strangely its request to speed up the trial was later denied.
After both parties have filed their respective propositions for a hearing date (Apple for September 8 and Samsung for October 14), presiding Federal Judge Lucy Koh set the date for October 13. The court did not side with Samsung but with the Korean company’s position and motivation: “[The Court agrees with Samsung that Apple’s motion presents complex issues of patent infringement, validity, and construction, and seeks an extraordinary form of relief. As such, the Court is inclined to provide the parties an opportunity to brief the issues as fully as possible, thereby ensuring that the Court has sufficient information to make an informed determination of the motion”.
What this means is that Apple will have to wait until at least October 13 (if a decision on its injunction will be taken at that date) for a ruling, losing some more if the next iPhone will be out in August-September. Samsung on the other hand, if a decision will be taken to ban its phones, will lose a whole lot more as its products will not be available for the holiday season.