updated 12:42 pm EST, Mon November 18, 2013
Potential ban likely to have minimal effect on Samsung
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has granted Apple another chance to impose a sales ban on patent-infringing Samsung phones, reports say. The court has vacated an earlier ruling by District Court judge Lucy Koh, who denied a ban Apple was seeking on 26 Samsung products. The Court of Appeals states that with respect to Apple's technical utility patents, Apple must now only show "some connection" between a patented feature and demand for a Samsung device, rather than illustrate a feature as a primary attraction, as Koh requested.
Even if Apple does secure a ban, it's unlikely to have any serious impact on Samsung profits. Most of the named devices are outdated and no longer on sale. Samsung has meanwhile devised workarounds for any infringing features, leaving it in the clear for more recent products.