Apple v. Samsung: the sales ban that (wasn’t) should’ve been
Remember when Apple was asking for a sales ban on Samsung smartphones because they used patented iPhone features? Remember how Apple didn’t get it? We don’t blame you if you don’t, given that we might have to rehash everything as Samsung pursues Cupertino in the Supreme Court. But just so you know, there’s an update to the appeal Apple filed for the stoppage.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has essentially vacated the lower court’s rejection of the sales ban and has sent the case back to that lower court for a reconsideration.
The original rejection of the sales ban came from out of the District Court jury’s reasoning that the patented quick links, slide-to-unlock and autocorrect features had to be either the sole or most compelling reasons consumers would buy a Galaxy phone over an iPhone. The appellate court opinion of two judges to one volleyed back, with majority opinion writer Judge Kimberly A. More stating that “it is enough that Apple has shown that these features were related to infringement and were important to customers when they were examining their phone choices.”
A spokesperson for Samsung claimed that only one of its current devices is affected by the decision. What the next steps are for Samsung in the rest of its fight with Apple on the damages it has to pay are yet to be known.