Apple has been made making news headlines this summer with several new product announcements, record breaking stock sales, and now a heated battle with Samsung. Last week Apple became the biggest company in the world and with the iPhone 5 set to hit shelves in another month or so it will only increase their revenue.
Being miles ahead of your competition will cause a little dislike and determination to bring down the top dog. Well Samsung, just like every other technology company, had the mindset of going head to head with Apple and their products and Samsung actually fared pretty good over the years. However, with a heated lawsuit currently occurring between the two companies things may get a little dicey.
Samsung recently lost an extremely damaging case to Apple over infringement violations last week. As a result, Samsung will have to pay Apple $1.5 billion according to The Verge. The jury determined that Samsung copied several of Apple’s programming and utility patent infringements including nearly identical versions of the iPhone and iPad used to model Samsung phones. As a result of losing this case (by a landslide actually) Samsung shares dropped billions of dollars, their reputation has taken a little blow, and now some of their devices are in danger of being banned from the United States market.
On Monday, August 27, 2012 Apple handed a federal judge a list of eight Samsung Electronics Co. products they want pulled from shelves and banned from the U.S. market; Samsung is currently appealing the request. The biggest product from Samsung, that may be in danger of vanishing from the store shelves, could be the very popular Galaxy model smartphones.
On June 26, the U.S. district court originally banned the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from the U.S. market after finding it likely violated a design patent. However, after about a month of banning the Galaxy Tab they found no design patent infringement, but did find three of Apple’s software patents that were infringed according to MSN.
U.S district Judge Lucy Koh revealed the eight products Apple requested to be banned; those of you that love Samsung smartphones or have one, may be a little upset.
The banned Samsung products include the following; Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 (AT&T), Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile), Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge, and the Galaxy Prevail.
To add fuel to the fire, Apple actually requested more money from Samsung in the amount of almost $3 billion. Samsung cried fouled and are definitely not willing to fork over even more money to its competition. Another court date is set for September 20, 2012 and we’ll see the two companies back at it again.
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