A U.S. judge has rejected the latest bid of Apple for a permanent injunction against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in another sign of the diminishing impact of the Smartphone patent wars.
Earlier this year, Apple won a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung over three Apple patents. But, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California denied a request by Apple to stop Samsung from selling infringing features on its Smartphones related to those patents.
Samsung said it welcomed the ruling. “We remain committed to providing American consumers with a wide choice of innovative products,” Samsung said.
Koh ruled that Apple’s reputation as an innovator “has proved extremely robust” despite the patent infringement by Samsung. “Apple has not demonstrated that it will suffer irreparable harm to its reputation or goodwill as an innovator without an injunction,” Koh wrote.
The two leaders in mobile technology had been engaged in global patent litigation until this year over the phones of Samsung that Google’s Android operating system. However, Samsung and Apple agreed earlier this month to drop all patent lawsuits outside the United States.
The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is Apple Inc vs. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, 12-630.