Apple Won’t Back Down
In documents filed on Thursday, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) gave the court notice that the company would be appealing the decision of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who denied the iPhone maker’s request for a permanent injunction against twenty-six of Samsung’s (SSNLF.PK) smartphones on Monday. Now the issue will be brought to the U.S. Court of Appeals, according to a report in AppleInsider.
While Apple was awarded damages of $1.05 billion after a jury determined that Samsung had infringed on Apple-held design and utility patents, Koh said in her Monday ruling that “Apple simply has not established a sufficient causal nexus between infringement of its design patents and irreparable harm” to warrant an injunction.
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Since the decision was handed down, Apple has suffered an additional blow that could change its case against Samsung. A court document filed by the Korean electronics manufacturer of Thursday revealed that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invalidated Apple’s “pinch to zoom” patent, a cornerstone in its case against Samsung.
Koh still has one important post-trial decision; in the coming days she is expected to make a ruling on damages. Samsung is looking to have the payout decreased by hundreds of millions of dollars.
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