It was only three months ago that a jury awarded Apple a $120 million victory against Samsung in damages. It was the second major patent trial between the two tech tycoons. However, this monetary sum was not enough for the company. It also requested the court to ask its South Korean tech rival to cease the sale of phones that infringe the three relevant patents.
Three days ago, Judge Lucy Koh from the Northern California District decided that Apple had not proven enough to the court that an injunction is necessary to be ordered. The judge wrote a lengthy reasoning as to why she was under this opinion.
Judge Lucy Koh wrote, “First and most importantly, Apple has not satisfied its burden of demonstrating irreparable harm and linking that harm to Samsung’s exploitation of any of Apple’s three infringed patents. Apple has not established that it suffered significant harm in the form of either lost sales or reputational injury. Moreover, Apple has not shown that it suffered any of these alleged harms because Samsung infringed Apple’s patents. The Federal Circuit has cautioned that the plaintiff must demonstrate a causal nexus between its supposed harm (including reputational harm) and the specific infringement at issue. Apple has not demonstrated that the patented inventions drive consumer demand for the infringing products.”
However, this is the second time around that Judge Lucy Koh has said no to Apple’s request for an injunction. Two years ago, the Cupertino company was awarded an astounding sum of $1.05 billion but denied an injunction. The same reason for this ruling was put forward – Apple had not proved that its design patents had caused irreparable harm to the company.
Apple does not back away so easy though as it petitioned to the International Trade Commission who decided in its favor after being denied an injunction in 2012. The commission grated Apple an American ban against Samsung’s Transform SPH-M920 and Continuum SCH-1400. However, the market for both those devices was quite small and really could not be looked at as a slam dunk.
This time around, the three patents look at the “slide-to-unlock” feature and also at the autocorrect feature. It wasn’t much of a victory in terms of damages either since the jury only awarded Apple 5 percent of the original $2.2 billion it requested.
Apple and Samsung have been planning to bury the hatchet and come to good terms however. Earlier in the month, both dropped lawsuits in countries such as Australia, Japan and France. America, sadly has not made the list of locations where peace has come for these two tech giants.