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Sorry, Samsung: Judge turns down appeal on Galaxy Nexus ban

More bad news for Samsung. The company asked courts to delay a ban on sales of its Galaxy Nexus phone, but it was denied the extra time today.

According to All Things D, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who recently approved Apple’s request for an injunction against the smartphone, refused the delay and will instead wait for Apple to post a $95.6 million bond. The bond acts as a safety net for Samsung, should the courts rule in its favor, and will cover any losses sustained from being unable to sell the Galaxy Nexus.

Samsung made the appeal on Sunday after the ruling was issued, saying the judge had “legally insufficient evidence” that Apple would face its own losses should the sale of the Galaxy Nexus continue throughout the trial. Apple says that Samsung is infringing on its patents in the Galaxy Nexus and has already won an injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, which Apple says is too similar to the iPad. In that case, Apple forked over a $2.6 million bond to cover the injunction.

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” Apple said in a statement at the time. “This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

All Things D notes that Samsung and Google are said to have a software update in the works, which will take care of the infringing aspect of the Galaxy Nexus. All this in the hopes of getting the Nexus back on retailers’ shelves.

via All Things D; Galaxy Nexus photo via TAKA@P.P.R.S/Flickr


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