Apple could ban Samsung smartphones, Court says action can be sought
Apple managed to win in court against Samsung and can seek a ban on some of the South Korean phones that infringe on its patents. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit stated: “Apple sought to enjoin Samsung’s infringement of several of Apple’s design and utility patents, as well as Samsung’s dilution of Apple’s iPhone trade dress. We affirm the denial of injunctive relief with respect to Apple’s design patents and trade dress. How- ever, we vacate the denial of injunctive relief with respect to Apple’s utility patents and remand for further proceedings”.
While the design of Apple’s products could not warrant a ban, the Cupertino-based company could seek such a measure for features that make the iPhone unique. Multi-touch technology is being referenced and, according to the court, Apple will have to prove that these specific features were taken into consideration when purchasing the iPhone over other competing devices, “though it doesn’t have to show that it was the single driving factor”, notes Bloomberg.