Judge Shuts Down Apple, Gives Samsung a Free Pass

Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) motion to add the new Galaxy S III to the list of Samsung’s infringing products was denied late Monday afternoon by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who said that Apple’s request to get a temporary restraining order preventing the launch of the highly anticipated smartphone would overload her calendar. The full trial is on the docket for later this summer.

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Koh earlier said Apple could request a temporary restraining order versus the S III, but it would delay the overall trial against all of Samsung’s Galaxy devices. But on Monday, Koh changed her tune, saying Apple would have to request a new hearing date if it wanted to stop sales of the Galaxy S III — making it unlikely to happen before its scheduled launch.

Barring a last minute agreement — which seems unlikely given that Apple and Samsung were unable to reach an agreement during court-mandated negotiations — the trial will begin on July 30. The Galaxy S III smartphone is scheduled to be release in the United States on June 21.

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