Apple wins a (mostly symbolic) ban on some Samsung products

Apple has won a ban against U.S. sales on certain Samsung products found to infringe on its patents. However, the benefit to Apple is mostly symbolic.

California district court judge Lucy Koh issued a ruling granting the Cupertino, California-based company a permanent injunction against Samsung that prohibits company from developing, selling, importing, updating or advertising software that infringe on Apple's patents. In the ruling, the judge notes that the court “finds that Apple will suffer irreparable harm if Samsung continues its use of the infringing features, that monetary damages cannot adequately compensate Apple for the resulting irreparable harm, and that the balance of equities and public interest favor entry of a permanent injunction.”

However, as Florian Mueller writes for FOSS Patents the injunction is “practically irrelevant from an injunction point of view” because Apple doesn't “really get leverage from it with a view to a settlement with Samsung.”

“It is, however, a significant accomplishment for Apple's in-house and outside counsel,” he adds. “They had been fighting for an injunction like this for several years. They had to deal with multiple setbacks. But ultimately they got an injunction (albeit one without business implications) over a set of features allegedly found in highly multifunctional devices."

Earlier this month Samsung urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington rule that a jury in 2014 shouldn’t have made the South Korean company pay nearly $120 million to Apple for infringing three patents.

Apple's "quick links" patent, as the main focus in Samsung's latest effort to overturn major court victories by the Cupertino, California-based company over the past two years. Samsung's attorney Kathleen Sullivan said Samsung didn’t use the same technology as Apple to detect and link to specific data, such as phone numbers, in its phones' Web browser and messenger applications, notes Reuters. However, Apple's lawyer, William Lee, told the nation's top court specializing in patent issues, that the jury's verdict was supported by "substantial evidence.”

This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.