Judge Lucy Koh, the U.S. judge in the Apple vs Samsung court battle denied Apple’s request for a permanent injunction on Samsung devices, Reuters reported.
Apple had been awarded $1.05 billion in damages in August after a US jury found Samsung had copied critical features of the iPhone and iPad.
In her order late on Monday, Judge Koh found that Apple had not presented enough evidence to show that its patented features drove consumer demand for the entire iPhone.
“The phones at issue in this case contain a broad range of features, only a small fraction of which are covered by Apple’s patents,” she wrote in another part of her judgment, quoted by Reuters. ”Though Apple does have some interest in retaining certain features as exclusive to Apple it does not follow that entire products must be forever banned from the market because they incorporate, among their myriad features, a few narrow protected functions.”
Although Apple refused to comment on the ruling, Samsung provided the following statement:
“We are pleased that the judge today denied Apple’s move to limit consumer choice, and restrict fair competition in the marketplace.”
Apple and Samsung have been going toe-to-toe in a patents dispute that mirrors the struggle for industry supremacy between the two companies, which control more than half of worldwide smartphone sales.
The case in US District Court, Northern District of California is Apple Inc. vs. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al, 11-1846.
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