Apple is to pursue further legal action against Samsung with a view to barring its newest, flagship phones from sale, it has emerged.
Last week, Apple won a landmark case in a US court when the jury decided that the Samsung Galaxy S and its massive-selling successor, the Galaxy S2, infringed on the Cupertino tech giant’s patents.
The ruling, which Samsung is set to appeal, requires that the South Korean gadget-maker pays Apple $1 billion. It also clears the way for a secondary legal action that will see Apple try to get the phones withdrawn from sale in the US.
Not satisfied with that victory, today it has emerged that Apple is also seeking damages for what it claims are patent infringements on the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note phablet.
Samsung’s revenues mean it is able to pay the sum ordered by the US court. However, the addition of the S3 and Note to the patent list could be far more punitive in the long-term.
A sales ban at this key stage in the S3’s life and during the six-month window when the handset is at its most in-demand, could severely damage the company in the US.