Apple on Monday applied to the Northern District Court of California for a U.S. ban of eight Samsung smartphones. The application came after a nine-member jury on Friday decided Samsung owes Apple US$1.05 billion in compensation for copying the designs of the iPhone and iPad.
Apple chose eight of Samsung's latest models among 28 of the Korean company’s products that were deemed to have copied the designs of the iPhone or iPad. They are the Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2 T-mobile, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Galaxy Prevail and the Droid Charge.
Although they are basically the same Galaxy S smartphone, the product names vary according to different mobile carriers that supply them or according to slight modifications in their specs.
Apple also sought an extension of the previous sales ban of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. Earlier, Samsung had asked the court to lift the ban since the tablet PC was not included in the list of its products found to have infringed Apple's design patents.
As of the second quarter of this year, Samsung took up 23 percent of the North American market for smartphones, while Apple controlled 33 percent. The two companies do not reveal separate revenue data for U.S. smartphone sales, but given an average selling price of W500,000 per phone, Samsung is estimated to earn around W3 trillion per quarter from sales in the U.S. alone (US$1=W1,137).
But Apple did not include Samsung's latest smartphone, the Galaxy S3, in the application. The Galaxy S3 was not part of the patent dispute and is hugely popular in the U.S.
Samsung's bigger version of smartphone Galaxy Note was excluded from the patent suits, as was its latest model, slated for release in Germany on Wednesday.
The Northern District Court of California will decide on the application on Sept. 20.
Meanwhile, Samsung says the winner of the battle will be determined by product competitiveness and plans to increase the number of innovative products it rolls out.