Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) won its four-year old lawsuit against Samsung (KRX: 005930). Apple originally sued the South Korean company arguing that several of its phone infringe on Apple’s patents. Samsung must cease selling some of its older phones.
The ruling of Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern California District San Jose court, ordered a ban on several Samsung smartphones. The phones in question are older Samsung phones and most are already off the market.
The following Samsung phones that are banned from sale in the United States are:
Galaxy Note II
Galaxy S II
Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch
Galaxy S II Skyrocket
Galaxy S III
The origins of the lawsuit began in 2012, when Apple had issues towards some of Samsung’s software features. Apple believed that Samsung was in a violation in a handful of patents. The patents in question were unlock gestures and word recommendation and one related to computer data.
Despite the ban of these phones you can probably still find them online at Best Buy or on Craigslist. None of Samsung newer smartphone are affected by the lawsuit’s ruling.
The injunction provides bragging rights for Apple. This case shows that a company can use patents to force a competitor to remove features.
Customers are not impacted by the court’s decision. Samsung isn't happy with its legal battle with Apple.
"We are very disappointed," a Samsung spokesperson told Bloomberg's South Korea bureau in a statement. "While this will not impact American consumers, it is another example of Apple abusing the judicial system to create bad legal precedent, which can harm consumer choice for generations to come."