Apple wants more Samsung devices banned

Apple's iPhone on the left and Samsung's Galaxy S III (Associated Press)

Apple's iPhone on the left and Samsung's Galaxy S III on the right (Associated Press)

Apple Computer wants more of Samsung’s phones and tablets banned from the U.S. market days after winning a major patent infringement lawsuit against the device maker.

The company behind the iPhone and iPad now wants to add Samsung’s top-of-the-line Galaxy S III and its special Verizon edition, the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, and the Galaxy S II in both its basic and carrier-independent forms to the list of devices it wants federal court in California to ban.

Those Android-based phones and tablets would join other Samsung devices Apple wants removed: the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail.

In the April 2011 case that led to the recent $1 billion patent infringement award, a San Jose jury ruled Samsung copied Apple’s software and hardware designs for its iPhone and iPad. The jury ruled Samsung copied innovations such as scrolling and zooming in on a screen by double tapping, and Apple’s setup for displaying icons.

Apple filed another complaint this past February to force Samsung to remove specific devices it said infringed on its patents, a case that is pending. On Friday, it amended the complaint to add the additional Galaxy devices.

Samsung, which plans to appeal the ruling, has said it would consider “workarounds” to devices “as a last resort” to get around the patent concerns.

Since Samsung relies on Google’s Android operating system, the big question is whether Apple now will go after Google and its hardware partners with patent infringement suits. Google maintains that most of the infringement and patent claims do not relate to the core Android operating system.

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Apple would no doubt like to put the kibosh on the Galaxy S3, which has enjoyed brisk sales and has, according to analysts, helped increase Samsung’s lead over Apple in the two companies’ smartphone sales competition.

What do you think? Is Apple trying to take too big of a bite out of Samsung and competition overall?

46 comments Add your comment

Jane Mora

September 1st, 2012
1:03 pm



September 1st, 2012
1:08 pm

Man, someone can’t seem to take a little competition. Sad thing is, I prefer Android over Apple any day!! Looking forward to the Note ll.


September 1st, 2012
1:21 pm

Maybe this is the time that AT&T,Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile stop subsidizing the cost of apple ownership with the rest of their clients; Maybe they should charge Apple owners for exactly the cost that they should pay, instead of averaging it with other subscribers. I certainly do not wish to pay for apple owners and I wish the network companies start charging apple owners accordingly.


September 1st, 2012
1:30 pm

Next there will be an attempt to copywrite the human voice


September 1st, 2012
1:49 pm

I will never buy an i-anything. Not an iPad, not an iPhone, not an iTurd. Wasn’t Apple the one who claimed they proudly “stole” ideas from other companies… I think as Jobs put it, his favorite quote was: “Good artists copy, Great artists steal” Yeah everyone claims they patented the ideas before the others could, but stealing of ideas and getting them patented first is still stealing. Microsoft came up with the first portable pad computer. They didn’t sue Apple when they released the iPad. Apple is nothing more than a social status for hipsters who want to claim they’re part of the 99%, while buying over priced toys from the 1%.


September 1st, 2012
2:03 pm

This is hilarious. Double touch and swipe are features which all touch phones has. Including blackberry storm which was in the market before phone. The american courts really needs to think their judgeship basis. Country or truth.


September 1st, 2012
3:57 pm

I prefer Android!!


September 1st, 2012
5:11 pm

Apple hates competition. Steal ideas, patents others ideas, then try and banned anyone that use the same ideas thats been around forever.


September 1st, 2012
5:42 pm

Sad when an American company has to resort to this to eliminate competition. Talk about your bad apple.

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Gator Actual

September 1st, 2012
6:23 pm

Since I have a Galaxy IIS, does that mean I’m illegal? I sure hope so, because it is a hell of a lot better than a crappy apple product! Apple is just mad that Samsung made a better product. What next? Sue Microsoft?


September 1st, 2012
6:37 pm

Went out and bought four galaxy 3 and two galaxy 2 for entire family, never will buy any apple products.


September 1st, 2012
6:57 pm

Y’all crazy. Apple products superior in usability, durability and performance. Don’t knock them just because you choose not to spend the extra money for a higher quality product. Windows based PC makers are in a race to see who can build the cheapest and worst product.


September 1st, 2012
7:09 pm

Smart phones were boring until Apple came out with the iPhone, and tablets weren’t going anywhere until Apple came out with theirs. Other companies are desperate to catch up by copying Apple’s innovations.

Apple products are worth every penny, and this is coming from someone who usually is as cheap as they come.

Apple : Make better products

September 1st, 2012
7:19 pm

I am an owner of multiple apple and mac products , and love them, but I think Apple should be the forward thinking company that it is and reinvent themselves once again. Quit all the bitching and make it happen. This suit is so frivolous though.


September 1st, 2012
7:45 pm

Apple is no longer interested in innovation. Their current focus is only maintaining profits on their current products. Their new products, “the new iPad” and the iPhone 4s are not great products. In fact they are substandard when compared to their Droid counterparts. Apple only adds small enhancements so they release a new product which the members of the Apple cult will run out and purchase.


September 1st, 2012
7:56 pm

Come clean Apple. How many millions of dollars have you paid in settlements for all the patients you copied or stole to make the iphone. You even stole the name iphone !


September 1st, 2012
7:58 pm

I wouldn’t say they’re not interested in innovation; not every change is going to be big. They simply come out often with incremental improvements. The first iPad was only introduced two years ago, and they completely overhauled OS X just last year with “Lion.”


September 1st, 2012
9:10 pm

SourApple…they are really hurt that their I products are OUR crap. Samsung has delivered knockout hits and they can’t handle it….now i wonder how much they have paid decision makers…SourApple

Stop crying and compete! suckers!

Steve Jobs

September 1st, 2012
10:04 pm

I admit, I stole all the iPhone ideas from the competition and patented it. Now I am going to sue the very same competition for patent infringement. It’s so beautiful watching all this from the warm, fiery place I am currently residing. Flames everywhere and sipping champagne with the devil (which also bought an iPhone and iPad from me).

Joke aside. Apple has to face that ppl like other products better because they offer more bang for the buck. Instead bringing prices down (an iPhone costs approx 150$ to make) they sue Samsung for billions.

Screw Apple, I am never going to buy anything that starts with an ”i”

Wake up people and stop trying to be hipsters buying apple crap.

Ran Man

September 1st, 2012
10:26 pm

Didn’t they just pay Apple a cool billion? Seems to me that should be the equivalent of purchasing the rights to use the technology.


September 1st, 2012
10:41 pm

Android is an utter mess, an ongoing science experiment, whose device instance market share has only been won because it runs on what are effectively giveaway / throwaway devices …

Sounds very much like how the Democrats pander for votes amongst the dregs of society, who also happen to possess Android devices …


September 1st, 2012
10:46 pm

I despise everything Apple. They have become everything that they campaigned against.

Sad but true

September 1st, 2012
10:55 pm

I read that Samsung is waiting for Apple to announce that the next Iphone (I guess Iphone five unless it earns “new Iphone”) is violating patents if it’s got 4G LTE. Funny if Android and Samsung are behind on innovation and stealing patents how is it that Apple (as of this date) has not gotten around to LTE? Samsung holds 10% of the patents for 4G, I can’t wait to see the pictures of all those Iphones held up at customs as the apple fanbois whine and cry. Apple should have never gone down the road they did now they will pay!


September 1st, 2012
11:04 pm

Is Apple’s CEO a former RIAA exec? This scorched earth lawsuit policy won’t hold up and the costs far outweigh the benefits.

Ambulance chasers R' us!

September 1st, 2012
11:14 pm

I dislike Apple and have ever since the stupid Mac computers came out, but I agree with what they are doing.

Put simply, if anyone one this board designed or came up with something that captivated the market, NONE of you would want some cheap rip-off company come in and take the money you should be earning for it. If you say otherwise you are flat out LYING.

The iPhone did re-invent the Smartphone. If you don’t believe it go back at look at the previous Samsung’s. Flip pages, icon mapping, double tap, and a host of other things were just not present previously. When Samsung’s own CEO sends out an email saying the Samsung OS and features suck and are too difficult to use and says ‘make it like the iPhone’, and then it happens. Well .. sorry folks .. that’s stealing. Maybe if you worked for Apple and lost your job because the competition is stealing your companies ideas and selling them cheaper .. then you would understand.

Put quite simply, Samsung is getting off cheaply considering all the money they made from stealing.


September 1st, 2012
11:15 pm

This Apple hate makes no sense whatsoever. They’re one of the few American companies that are successful in making products that people worldwide actually want.

As for the lawsuits; it’s just business. They’re smarter than you. They know what they’re doing.


September 1st, 2012
11:58 pm

Apple, copies, patents and sue. No unique inovation there.

Ex Pat in Italy

September 2nd, 2012
2:49 am

Both companies are suing each other all over the world on design patents (the way the products look) and utility patents (relating to technical features of the products). It’s easy to bash one company or the other, but reality is more complex.

Wikipedia summarizes it nicely here:,_Ltd.

Rick Fletcher

September 2nd, 2012
4:23 am

does no one understand the right to hold a patent and protect yourself from other company’s from STEALING FROM YOU??


September 2nd, 2012
6:27 am

It is not Greed or Apple’s attempt to eliminate the competition, i.e., the iPhone was not put on sale in Korea until late October 2010. Thumbs up to Apple for protecting their patent.

vladimir sonovabitch

September 2nd, 2012
7:34 am

I prefer Android. I enjoy my now banned Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet. It upgraded itself to ICS the other day. AWESOME!!! Cant wait for the Motorola Razr HD to come out in October.

Screw Apple!!!

IBS Aplenty

September 2nd, 2012
7:41 am

I’ll be purchasing the iPhone 5 when it’s released this month and the iTV when it arrives, hopefully, later this year. I never thought much about the company and it’s products until I saw how my kids wanted APPLE products exclusively. I love the iPad…


September 2nd, 2012
8:36 am

When other iphone” types started to hit the market I ASSUMED that Apple was receiving a cut. SO this ruling really is of no surprise since these companies tried to work around what has been a system of doing business on protected new discoveries/inventions through having patents. I agree with the judge. Let one company no matter how big get away with it and suddenly NO ONE including individuals will have a way to protect their OWN products or inventions, which could involve a lifetime of work and money.


September 2nd, 2012
11:45 am

Biased jury found Samsung violating Apple’s product; and even awarded Apple money on items that Samsung did not violate, this was discovered by the Judge. I do not trust this Jurors because they have decided that no matter what Apple will be awarded billions of dollars. Samsung should try to seek a neutral location for the court cases, not 10 miles from Apple’s HQ.


September 2nd, 2012
1:40 pm

I do not like Apple products, I am an Android user myself (not Samsung). But I hate copycats more. Samsung should have innovated instead of blantently copying designs like many Korean companies do to get ahead.


September 3rd, 2012
9:53 am

“This Apple hate makes no sense whatsoever. They’re one of the few American companies that are successful in making products that people worldwide actually want.

As for the lawsuits; it’s just business. They’re smarter than you. They know what they’re doing.”

Stop being such an ultra-nationalist and open your eyes and your mind. Just because a company is American does not mean they have you in their best interest. What apple is doing is gaining it’s control over people such as yourself!


September 3rd, 2012
6:37 pm

No, Apple is gaining control over people like you. Apple is an American company in name only. Its product are made in China and it hides its profits over seas in order not to pay taxes in America.

King Bobby

September 3rd, 2012
7:43 pm

Apple is the democratic Party of technology. Lure the sheep with carrots a danglin’ and buy the monopoly with other people’s money. Awesome country this USA has become! Why isn’t Apple suing everyone over HDTV technology….oh, it’s because they haven’t “bought” that monopoly yet. Screw Apple, Jobs, and government forced monopolies!

King Bobby

September 3rd, 2012
7:47 pm

And why hasn’t Microsoft sued Apple for using Windows Desktop on it’s homepage? Because similar looks aren’t copyrightable/ patentable. That is something the left coast jury doesn’t understand. The only people who win in this are the lawyers, as this will be overturned in the Supreme Court….after a lot of money spent. Money that goes into the cost of product, Apple and Samsung and everyone else!

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September 5th, 2012
7:23 am

Wow, a San Jose court ruled in Apple’s favor did they? San Jose… hmmm… Seems like there is few big technology companies based there….Why, isn’t Apple based in San Jose?
I think I can look that up on my 4S…

What's Going On?

September 5th, 2012
9:03 am

I “LOVE” my Galaxy II, maybe Samsung & Apple will merge. I don’t like Samsung big screens though. We have two & both have accumulated several lines on the screen & picture within a matter of months.


September 5th, 2012
9:11 am

If Samsung stole from Apple, why is the Samsung so much better? I have an I – 4 and I love it but I do love the light weight Galaxy III…in fact I have the Galaxy tablet and I love the android market too, I however do not like having to buy all my songs on my iphone…

Keith Day

September 5th, 2012
4:02 pm

My entire family has Android phones of one type of the other……except my Mother who has an I-phon 4 which is a piece of crap. My sisters and I and most members of our family will not even call our mother on her I-phone because the calls cut in and out or just drop all together and it’s not a signal issue with the cell provider because the androids work fine with no problem in the same areas that her phone has problems. Her I-Phone is a piece of crap and that’s all there is to it. I just recently got the Samsung Galaxy S III and I am very, very happy with it and most everyone else has an HTC model of one kind or the other and I just switched from the HTC EVO 4G which I loved and no problems with at all. I just wanted to try something new but I refuse to own anything produced or developed by Apple because I refuse to be locked into a cell phone dictatorship which is all Apple is at the current time. There producst are crap and maybe that’s why you can’t even get insurance on them with the cell phone carriers….at least you can’t with Sprint. They will not insure an I-phone and that makes you wonder why. The android platform is an open platform and that’s what I thought was supposed to be so innovative about it because ANYONE could develope anything for the android system and it didn’t belong to any one entity like the Apple software does. Then Apple comes in and sues and try’s to claim they developed all these things like scrolling and zooming which have been around forever with Microsoft so how did Apple invent these? They didn’t, they only got patents on them before them anyone else did. Apple overcharges for their products and then locks the owners into only being able to get software from them which is a dictatorship and Apple wants a Monopoly on the cell phone market becaue they are arrogant. I hope to see that company wither up and fail like they have come close to doing on many occasions until they came out with the I-pod which was nothing innovative…..MP3 players were already around before the I-pod came out but I guess apple will claim they invented those too and start suing anyone that makes MP3 players. I hope Samsung prevails and I will continue to use my new Galaxy S III. I love the Google wallet feature that uses the NFC feature (that Apple DID NOT invent).


September 6th, 2012
8:10 am