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This article was published on January 19, 2016

Apple finally wins court case to block four-year-old Samsung Galaxy phones

Apple finally wins court case to block four-year-old Samsung Galaxy phones
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Just four years on, Apple has finally won a ban on the sale of Samsung devices that it claimed were infringing on its patents — the only problem is those devices are really old.

A judge today signed a court order formally banning the sale of nine Samsung devices:

  • Samsung Admire
  • Galaxy Nexus
  • Galaxy Note
  • Galaxy Note II
  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch
  • Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  • Galaxy S III

Those devices are more than four years old now, and were at the center of a long-standing dispute with Samsung over the ‘slide to unlock’ feature, autocorrect and ‘data linking’ functionality.

The court order today says that Samsung must cease sales of the nine devices in the US immediately — even though they’ve likely been off the shelves for years at this point.

The win also doesn’t apply to Samsung’s more modern devices, but it does likely set a precedent for further cases in the future.

Still, the victory is largely a symbolic one for Apple which has been fighting for years over what Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design officer, previously labeled as ‘lazy thieving.’

Apple finally granted blockade on Samsung [The Register]

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