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03-06-2014, 09:10 PM #1
Apple Setback, Denied a Renewed Motion for a Permanent Injunction against Samsung
A California court recently filed a ruling denying Apple’s renewed motion seeking a permanent injunction against Samsung, saying Apple failed to prove a “causal nexus” between the Korean company’s patent infringement and irreparable harm.
With the recent ruling, it appears Judge Koh wasn’t swayed by Apple’s further arguments. The implications of the ruling are much larger than an injunction against 23 out-of-date products. The goal for Apple was to establish a favorable precedent in obtaining such injunctions in future court proceedings, especially since Apple and Samsung are about to step into their second California patent trial.
With this setback, it’s becoming clear that Apple will have to take a different tack on the “causal nexus” between patent infringement and irreparable harm. Mueller believes Judge Koh feels Samsung’s competition is lawful, which will be an issue going into the second case. He points to a key excerpt from today’s ruling found in the jurist’s explanation in denying Apple’s monetary damages claim which stated the following:
Apple, in other words, cannot obtain a permanent injunction merely because Samsung's lawful competition impacts Apple in a way that monetary damages cannot remedy. To award an injunction to Apple in these circumstances would ignore the Federal Circuit's warning that a patentee may not ''leverage its patent for competitive gain beyond that which the inventive contribution and value of the patent warrant."
Source: FOSS Patents
03-07-2014, 12:12 PM #2
Apple should stop reaching for their lawyers all the time and turn back to making excellent products.