Mobile giants Samsung and Apple are yet to bury the hatchet, and once again Samsung have been taken to court over patent infringements. This time around, Samsung will not be made to pay heavy fines for wrong doings but will see sales of some selected devices come to an abrupt end in the US.
The decision was made by US District Judge Lucy Koh, who granted Apple a motion for permanent injunction against Samsung devices found to have patent-infringing technology rightly owned by the Cupertino company.
While this may seem like a very big win for Apple in the rivalry game, the injunction only covers some selected Samsung devices which have since stopped selling in the US. Affected devices include old timers like the Samsung Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S3, and Stratosphere all of which are really old, except of course the 3rd generation Samsung Galaxy S3 device which is also pretty old, considering it’s 2012 launch.
Apple did have the last laugh in court, but really, the decision is an off shoot since Samsung won’t suffer any losses for not selling phased out devices which it hasn’t been selling in a long while. A Samsung spokesperson said that “while this will not impact American consumers, it is another example of Apple abusing the judicial system to create bad legal precedent which can harm consumer choice for generations to come”. Apple representatives have remained mum on the decision.