Apple seeks Samsung ban

Bloomberg San Francisco and Seoul

Apple is seeking a US sales ban on eight models of Samsung smartphones and the extension of a preliminary ban on a tablet computer after winning a patent trial against the South Korean company.

Apple, which won more than $1 billion (R8.4bn) last week after a jury found Samsung infringed six of seven patents at stake in the trial, named the phones it wanted barred in a filing yesterday with US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California. It includes several devices in the best-selling Galaxy line-up.

The effect on Samsung’s sales would be negligible because Apple’s list only included older devices that would account for less than 1.4 percent of the company’s profits next year, said Mark Newman, an analyst at Sanford C Bernstein who used to work at Samsung.

The impact would be 6.3 percent if Apple managed to broaden a ban to newer devices and block 80 percent of all Samsung phones, he said.


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