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By Dan Levine
SAN FRANCISCO Aug 27 A U.S. judge rejected
Apple Inc's latest bid for a permanent injunction
against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in another sign
of the diminishing impact of the smartphone patent wars.
Apple won a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung
earlier this year over three Apple patents. However, U.S.
District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, on Wednesday
denied Apple's request to stop Samsung from selling infringing
features on its smartphones related to those patents.
An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. In a statement,
Samsung said it welcomed the ruling. "We remain committed to
providing American consumers with a wide choice of innovative
products," Samsung said.
Until this year, the two leaders in mobile technology had
been engaged in global patent litigation over Samsung's phones
that use Google's Android operating system. However, Apple and
Samsung agreed earlier this month to drop all patent lawsuits
outside the United States.
In her ruling on Monday, Koh ruled that Apple's reputation
as an innovator "has proved extremely robust" despite Samsung's
"Apple has not demonstrated that it will suffer irreparable
harm to its reputation or goodwill as an innovator without an
injunction," Koh wrote.
Samsung is still appealing the result of a blockbuster 2012
trial over a separate batch of patents, with Samsung seeking to
undo $930 million in damages. And while Apple says those damages
should stand, the iPhone maker is no longer asking an appeals
court to revive its bid for a permanent sales ban against
several older Samsung phones.
The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of
California is Apple Inc vs. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, 12-630.
(Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Bernard
Orr and Cynthia Osterman)