Apple's request for import ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus rejected

Apple again fails to get import ban on Galaxy Nexus

Apple failed in its effort to get an import ban on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. A U.S. appeals court rejected Apple’s request after revisiting an October decision by the same court. Apple had been hoping that the new panel of judges would overturn the earlier ruling. The Galaxy Nexus isn’t completely same yet, however, as a trial surrounding that device will begin in March 2014. According to Reuters, Samung is now in a stronger position because of this ruling:

In its October ruling against Apple, the appeals court raised the bar for potentially market-crippling injunctions on product sales based on narrow patents for phone features. The legal precedent puts Samsung in a much stronger position by allowing its products to remain on store shelves while it fights a global patent battle against Apple over smartphone technology.

Apple had wanted the full, nine-judge panel to rule on their request, but the court did not feel that the issue was controversial enough to warrent such action. While Apple could still appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, it is unlikely that they would find success. The fate of the Galaxy Nexus isn’t completely decided however as a patent trial surrounding that device will begin in March 2014.

Source: Reuters

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Apple's request for import ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus rejected

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Lol when all else fails to take down your competition (Samsung), resort to lawsuits and product import bans. Instead of focusing on making court appearances, why don't u focus on making your business a lot better and innovate or atleast do something about your long outdated software. But of course, your arrogance gets in the way like always..

Look, I'm not a big fan of this strategy myself. I'd be completely happy if Apple just dropped this lawsuit. To argue that they're doing this instead of innovating is quite a leap of logic. AT&T activated 8.6 million iPhones and Verizon activated 6.2 million iPhones. That doesn't sound like they're doing a bad job of business. They still make more money than anyone except Exxon, and they still make boatloads of money. Also, I'm pretty sure the legal team at Apple is a completely separate group of Apple employees from the people doing the research and development, the people doing the coding, and the people engineering the hardware. How about using your head and thinking, rather than believing every singular Android talking point on the Internet?

Now is the software great right now? No, but Apple has people working on it.

fraydog, to be fair selling doesn't = innovating. Apple as a company is healthy but in terms of products they are now doing just what is expected, every product is an incremental bump or slight tweak on what is out there. I don't think they have had an innovative product since the first iphone, but I love my iphone 4, ipod touch 3rd gen, ipad 3rd gen and ATV2 regardless.

Don't get me wrong though, I feel like nobody is innovating now. It just comes down to what brand you prefer. I just wish the lawsuits would be resolved and these companies would drive each other to outperform now rather than make their moves in the courtroom but this is to be expected. In 3 years we've gone from single core phones to quadcore tablets. What else is there?

I'd say the hardware of side of the iPhone 5 is still innovative. No one else is coming up with a phone that thin. I'd also say the screen is innovative through integrating the touch sensors with the display pixels.

Trial in March 2014 for the GNex? Verizon already put that phone on "End of Life" status. I'm certain the other big carriers will follow suit, soon. By the time the trial comes about, the phone will no longer be sold, making any import bans moot, and probably making the trial pointless.

Apple has named a lot of pretty old phones in patent suits. If i recall correctly, one of the first major ones included the Motorola Devour, which was never even updated to Android 2.0, and sold about as well as the MS Kin.

The fate of the galaxy nexus has been decided months ago when google stopped selling it and the carriers are doing the same. By the time apple would get a ban, it wouldn't be sold anywhere anyway, might as well not even waste your time on it now.

To do this makes no sense at this time. Did Apple think there were millions of nexus waiting in the stock rooms. Unless there is new evidence, new Judges tend to go with prior rulings.

So... Apple is suing over a device that came out in 2011? Man...they are just behind the ball in everything, aren't they?