Apple loses bid to ban US sales of arch-rival Samsung smartphones

A federal judge rejected a legal petition by Apple late on yesterday to ban US sales of Samsung smartphone models (Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic and Galaxy S II Skyrocket) that a jury in August said illegally utilized Apple technology.

The verdict is part of a series of judgments in the case. A federal judge on yesterday refused Apple Inc’s request for a long-term injunction against Samsung Electronics’ mobile phones, depriving the iPhone maker of important leverage in the mobile patent battles. Apple had been awarded $1.05 billion in damages in August after a U.S. court identified Samsung had copied vital functions of the iPhone and iPad.The Samsung products operate on the Android platform, designed by Google.

Apple and Samsung are going toe-to-toe in a patent fight that mirrors the battle for industry supremacy between the 2 firms, which handle more than 50 percent of international smartphone sales.

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