Apple CEO Tim Cook
By Andrea Chang
Los Angeles Times (MCT)
LOS ANGELES — Samsung Electronics Co. isn't going away without a fight.
A day after Apple Inc. said it would seek to ban eight Samsung smartphones from sale in the U.S., the South Korean electronics giant shot back Tuesday with a short statement: "We will take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of our products in the U.S. market."
Apple scored an overwhelming victory in federal court in San Jose, Calif., last week when a jury sided with the Cupertino, Calif., tech company in the billion-dollar patent infringement case. Apple has accused its rival of copying its designs on mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad; Samsung maintained it already had gadgets with large touch screens and rounded corners in the works even before the launch of the iPhone in 2007. It instead accused Apple of infringing on some of its technology patents.
The nine-member jury, after three days of deliberation, found that Samsung had infringed on six of seven Apple patents; Apple was awarded $1.05 billion in damages.
Samsung has indicated it plans to file an appeal.
On Sept. 20, U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh, who presided over the four-week trial, will hold an injunction hearing to determine which, if any, of Samsung's products should be banned from U.S. store shelves.
Apple wants the following eight smartphones banned: the Samsung Droid Charge, Galaxy S II 4G, Galaxy S II (AT&T version), Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S II (T-Mobile version), Galaxy S II Epic 4G (Sprint version), Galaxy S Showcase and Galaxy Prevail.
Before the trial began, Koh already issued a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer.
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