Apple’s request to ban Samsung smartphones, tablets in US denied

March 9, 2014 12:49 am

A US federal judge has rejected Apple’s request to ban a group of Samsung smartphones and tablets found to have infringed on patents held by the US tech giant, AFP has reported. US District Judge Lucy Koh, who finalised the damage award to be paid by the South Korean electronics giant at $929m, denied Apple’s request to ban 23 Samsung devices, saying there was no evidence that consumer demand was driven by the infringing elements. “To persuade the court to grant Apple such an extraordinary injunction, to bar such complex devices for incorporating three touchscreen software features, Apple bears the burden to prove that these three touchscreen software features drive consumer demand for Samsung’s products,” the judge wrote. “Apple has not met this burden.”