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Judge Koh (the presiding judge in the Apple v. Samsung mess) tonight entered two orders pertaining to the case this evening. The first one, and arguably the most important one, says Apple is not to be granted a permanent injunction against offending Samsung products. Seems that even though a jury found plenty of offending instances last August, Judge Koh feels that an injunction is not warranted, as the infringements were but small parts of what makes up the whole device. In fact, the motion was dismissed in its entirety, meaning this part of the case is over -- save for the inevitable appeal from Apple. (So, no, it's not really over yet.)

The second order is pertaining to juror misconduct. You might remember that Samsung took issue with the fact that the jury foreman had previous legal dealings against a Samsung-invested company, and there was some concern over statements made after the end of the trial to the media that made the foreman's conduct come into question. This issue is closed, and the judge denied any further hearing on the matter.

In judge Koh's statement on the matter of injunction, she writes:

The phones at issue in this case contain a broad range of features, only a small fraction of which are covered by Apple's patents. Though Apple does have some interest in retaining certain features as exclusive to Apple, it does not follow that entire products must be forever banned from the market because they incorporate, among their myriad features, a few narrow protected functions.

We're certain that this is still far from over. Unfortunately, we'll continue to follow things as they progress.



Reader comments

Apple's request for permanent injunction denied, as is Samsung's juror misconduct claim


Common man. Not trying to hate on you but seriously? If that really is you in your Avitar then please act your age. I hate calling people out but it seems like this level of commentary from you is persistent and consistent.

Buzz off don't worry about me. Just focus on yourself you're no saint that's for sure. I'm not hating just responding rather you like it or not who cared.

If you use punctuation people will understand you better. I had to read parts of your post twice - like I have to do often when reading your proclamations. Like I said, I'm not trying to annoy you, I'm just trying to give you some friendly, productive feedback.

You say he's "no saint" and yet he was only trying to help pitiful little you. How's that not saintly? Ignorant moron. By the way, for the upteenth time, it's "whether you like it or not", not "rather you like it..." You constantly insulted me about being a "useless college boy" and you can't even use the correct words in a sentence. Good lord you are hopeless.

Actually Apple's overly broad patents have been invalidated by the USPTO preliminarily. You're not wrong, but you're very, very far from being right.

How can Judge Koh say there was no jury misconduct, when 1) her own instructions were ignored by the jury foreman and jury, and 2) they openly admitted to this, and ignoring every shred of evidence pertaining to prior art which was one of the main points behind Samsung's case. I guess when you have the case being heard in your own backyard.....

Judge Koh is probably just pissed that the Apple stock she had been given has been dropping in price ever since the iphone 5 came out, so now she is taking it out on both the companies.

I think that what Jerry means... as Phil has also stated before... is that they would rather be covering new devices themselves, instead of lawsuits ABOUT devices. Innovations, etc. Totally understandable. They will cover all of this heinous mess, but they'd rather not.

Haven't been in iMore yet, but I'd be willing to be this same article will appear there. Only I'm sure the part about Apple being denied the permanent injunction, will be conveniently left out of THAT article....

Samsung should go ahead and sue Koh and/or Hogan for perverting the course of justice. Hogan fabricated evidence that Apple's patents were valid and Koh threw out the fact that he did so.