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Apple to Appeal Lost U.S. Court Bid to Block Samsung Sales

December 12, 2011

(Updates with Samsung declining to comment in fifth paragraph.)

Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. filed notice that it will appeal a U.S. judge’s refusal to block sales of Samsung Electronics Co.’s 4G smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer.

The Cupertino, California-based maker of the iPhone and iPad will seek review of a Dec. 2 ruling by a judge in San Jose, California, with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, according to a Dec. 8 filing by Apple’s lawyer, Michael Jacobs.

Apple sought an order blocking Samsung from selling its Galaxy line of mobile devices products in the U.S. based on claims they violate Apple patents. The lawsuit is part of a legal battle between the companies being fought in 10 countries.

The two companies have filed at least 30 lawsuits against each other, according to Samsung. The conflict began in April, when Apple filed the San Jose lawsuit claiming the Suwon, South Korean company’s Galaxy devices copied the iPhone and iPad.|

Meredith Williams, a spokeswoman for Samsung’s Australian unit said she doesn’t comment on cases outside Australia. Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple, didn’t immediately respond to e-mail messages seeking comment on Apple’s filing.

The case is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., 11-01846, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).

--With assistance from Jun Yang in Seoul. Editors: Peter Blumberg, Joe Schneider

To contact the reporter on this story: Karen Gullo in San Francisco at kgullo@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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