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.
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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