Apple v. Samsung: District Court Denies Samsung's Emergency Renewed Motion for Stay Pending Reexamination of Apple's Patent
In the continuing battle between Apple and Samsung, Samsung recently filed an emergency motion to stay pending reexamination of an Apple patent. To analyze whether the stay was appropriate, the district court provided an overview of the litigation beginning with the filing of Apple's complaint against Samsung in April 2011 and noting that in December 2011, the district court declined to enter a preliminary injunction prohibiting Samsung from selling Samsung products which Apple claimed infringed Apple's design patents.
As explained by the district court, the case went to trial in August 2012, where a jury found that twenty-six Samsung smartphones and tablets infringed one or more of six Apple patents. The jury also found that six Samsung smartphones diluted Apple's registered iPhone trade dress and unregistered iPhone 3G trade dress. After the trial, the district court ruled on the parties' post-trial motions and issued nine separate orders, including a ruling on Apple's motion to permanently enjoin Samsung from importing or selling any of its twenty-six infringing smartphones and tablets. The district court denied Apple's request for the permanent injunction. The Federal Circuit affirmed the denial of injunctive relief with respect to Apple's design patents, but vacated the district court's denial of injunctive relief with respect to Apple's utility patents and remanded for reconsideration.