Apple Inc. (AAPL) Loses a Battle in Its Patent War Against Samsung


In what was a battle against its major rival Samsung, against whom Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is fighting a nasty patent war, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) lost its bid for injunction.  Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung’s patent war is not new, the only change that has happened over the years is that the patents and the smartphones for which the two companies fight have changed. Re/ code provided a recent update on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) vs. Samsung patent war in one of its articles.

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Earlier this year, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) sued Samsung for infringing on its patents for which the court awarded $120 million in damages to the company, but it seems Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) wasn’t quite satisfied with the outcome. It filed the charges again, this time to stop Samsung from selling the smartphones, which had the features that relied on the patents that Samsung infringed upon.

Unfortunately for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh couldn’t see the point that the company was trying to make and denied Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s request in the San Jose, California based court on Wednesday. Though the ruling was not in its favor, Judge Koh implicitly complimented Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in her ruling saying that despite Samsung infringing on its patents Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s reputation as an innovator ‘has proved extremely robust’. Judge Koh also wrote in her ruling, quoted by re/code, that ‘Apple has not demonstrated that it will suffer irreparable harm to its reputation or goodwill as an innovator without an injunction.’

Regardless of the bitter patent war that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung are fighting against each other, the two companies reached a compromise earlier this month, declaring that they won’t pursue patent litigations  against each other outside the U.S. anymore.

A major victory for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had come in this patent war in 2012, when it was awarded damages of $930 million its lawsuit against Samsung concerning a separate batch of patents, Samsung is still appealing that ruling.

As of June 30, 2014, Carl Icahn‘s Icahn Capital LP owns more than 52 million shares in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).

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