After trial verdict, Apple wants sales ban to block Galaxy S3.
Since the jury decision against Samsung, we have been expecting to see Apple move forward with attempts to get a ban on selected Samsung products. Apple has now added the Galaxy S3, the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Note 10.1 to the list of products they want to see blocked from sales in the US. These are not part of the existing case involving the Galaxy Nexus, but in an amended complaint Apple has added them to the list. This is more than likely because of their recent success last month where they won a jury verdict of over $1 billion against Samsung and looks to be part of ongoing efforts to impact Samsung sales in the US.
The addtion of the Galaxy S3 to the case could spell some big problems for Samsung if Apple prevails. This patent infringement case covers Apple patents and does not deal with the design of the phone. Samsung has filed charges that Apple is infringing on Samsung patents as well, upping the ante for the courts. In what seems to be very unusual, the case will be heard by Judge Koh, the same judge who presided over the very visible case last month between the two companies.
There was talk of the Galaxy S3 being designed by lawyers in order to avoid infringing on Apple patents and in some respects that seems to be true. More than likely, Samsung spent considerable time make sure to reduce exposure from lawsuits by Apple. So, to have Apple add in the Galaxy S3 into the Galaxy Nexus suit seems to be rather strange. This case is set to be heard before Judge Koh in March 2014 and since the parties are the same, expect to see her move the case forward quickly. Given the location of San Jose, Samsung might do well to have the case moved to another location further away from Silicon Valley.