U.S. Federal Judge Lucy Koh has postponed the hearing for Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) request for an injunction against Samsung phones until December.
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Last Friday, a nine-person jury found Samsung infringed several patents from Apple’s stable of smartphones and tablets. The jury ruled in favor of Apple, granting it nearly $1.05 billion in damages. A total of eight different Samsung phones were found to have infringed Apple’s patents, and Apple is seeking to immediately ban those devices from being sold in the U.S.
In an order announced on Wednesday, Judge Koh said the main reason for her decision to postpone was to provide a sensible amount of time for motion reviews — she expects both sides to submit even more motions for her review over the next few weeks, on top of those already submitted.
The move to an early-December hearing means that, even if the judge decides to ban Samsung’s phones, they will by that time be outdated and sales will have slowed considerably. It also means that anyone wanting one of the infringing devices now has the opportunity to buy one before it is banned, which might temporarily boost sales for Samsung. The latest iteration of Samsung’s most popular smartphone, the Galaxy S III, was not included in the case nor affected by the verdict.
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