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Apple loses bid for US ban on Samsung smartphone sales

Published on Mar 7, 2014 3:37 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - A US judge on Thursday rejected Apple's request for a permanent sales ban in the United States against some older Samsung smartphones, a key setback for the iPhone maker in its global patent battle.

US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, ruled that Apple Inc had not presented enough evidence to show that its patented features were a significant enough driver of consumer demand to warrant an injunction.

Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have been litigating for nearly three years over various smartphone features patented by Apple, such as the use of fingers to pinch and zoom on the screen, as well as design elements such as the phone's flat, black glass screen.

Earlier, US juries had ruled that Samsung, which earned US$7.7 billion (S$9.7 billion) last quarter, had to pay iphone maker Apple more than US$900 million.

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