Judge Lucy Koh awards Apple a long-sought US ban on some Samsung handsets

Judge Lucy Koh awards Apple a long-sought US ban on some Samsung handsets

In a recent court ruling in the long-running patent-infringement lawsuit between Apple and Samsung, US District Judge Lucy Koh has awarded Apple a much-sought ban on some models of Samsung smartphones.

In her verdict in the Apple-Samsung patent-infringement scuffle, Judge Koh has granted an Apple motion for permanent injunction against certain Samsung handsets which allegedly make use of Apple's patented technology.

The Samsung handsets on which a US ban has been imposed by Judge Koh include smartphones like Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3. All these handsets -- with the most advanced one among them being the 2012-launched Galaxy S3 -- are at least three years old.

According to Apple's claims, the Samsung handsets which have been banned in the US had allegedly violated Apple's technology patents for a number of features, including autocorrect, slide-to-unlock, and data detection. The allegedly infringed features are available in both Apple and Samsung smartphones.

In response to Judge Koh's verdict, Samsung said in a statement that the court's ruling "will not impact American consumers," because the handsets that have been banned are the company's older smartphones. Samsung, nonetheless, also added that the court's verdict is "another example of Apple abusing the judicial system to create bad legal precedent which can harm consumer choice for generations to come."