Apple's search technology lawsuit against Samsung may go on hold
SAN JOSE, California (REUTERS) - A United States (US) judge on Thursday asked Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd whether an Apple patent lawsuit over search technology should be put on hold for several months until after an appeals court resolves a separate lawsuit between the two companies.
Apple won a US$1.05 billion (S$1.3 billion) verdict last year against Samsung in a California trial court, but US District Judge Lucy Koh rejected Apple's request for a permanent sales ban against several Samsung phones.
Apple has appealed and a ruling is not expected until September at the earliest.
Apple also accused Samsung in a second lawsuit of violating a separate batch of patents, including the rights to search technology that is part of the iPhone Siri voice feature. That case is scheduled for trial in March 2014.