Apple seeks sales ban on eight Samsung handsets

Having been awarded more than $1 billion in damages in a recent patent dispute, Apple has sought to have eight Samsung devices banned from sale in the US.

Not content with its recently awarded $1.05 billion (£664m) payout, Apple has requested a US court introduces a nationwide sales ban on a selection of the Korean company’s high-profile products, all of which Apple has claimed infringe on its patented designs and technologies.

Although the proposed bans would not affect UK customers, US consumers could soon be unable to snap up the 4G Samsung Galaxy S2 whilst the company’s current high-profile hit, the Samsung Galaxy S3, is not targeted by Apple’s latest round of requested bans.

Making the appeal to a US court, an Apple notice requested all variations of the Samsung Galaxy S2 are pulled from retail with the Galaxy S2 (AT & T), Galaxy S2 (Skyrocket), Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile) and Galaxy S2 Epic 4G all hitting the banned smartphone list alongside the Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail.

Before the ban can be brought into action, Apple is required to prove to the courts that the selection of listed handsets will irreparably damage its profits and reputation if left on sale.

Responding to Apple’s latest attempted sales ban a Samsung spokesperson said: “We will take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of our products in the US market.”

Whilst Apple had originally sought damages in the region of $2.75 billion, the $1.05 billion fee a Californian jury decided Samsung should be forced to pay Apple marks a considerable blow for the Android loving tech giant. Whilst Samsung has confirmed it will appeal the decision, the Galaxy Note 10.1 manufacturer now faces a considerable battle to develop future smartphone and tablet lines that set their own design and technology trends, moving away from the image of an iPhone imitator.

Speaking with the Telegraph, Enders Analysis consultant Benedict Evans suggested the jury’s verdict will help ensure “blatant copying won’t happen anymore”.

He added: “The money was really irrelevant for Apple. For Samsung it will be painful, but for any other Android handset maker the payout would have been ruinous.”

Far from the first time Apple has targeted Samsung devices for sales bans, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of a number of devices banned from sale in Germany with the iPad rivalling tablet also previously pulled from British stores.

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