08/28/2012, 00.00
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Apple mounts attack and demands Samsung models be removed from market

After the maxi-compensation imposed on the South Korean company, the Cupertino giant asks the judge to remove it from the market. Korean media are afraid of a new form of tax on non-American products: "Consumers are won over by innovation, not judgments."

Seoul (AsiaNews / Agencies) - After the United States judgment condemning Samsung to compensate Apple for patent infringement, the Cupertino giant has launched a new attack and asked the judge Lucy Koh - who has already issued a judgment in its favor - to block the sale of eight Samsung smartphones.

The models at risk are the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail. The situation is different for the Galaxy Note 10.1, the latest tablet from Samsung, which had already been blocked in June over its "probable violation" of another patent, and only returned to the market after the positive pronouncement of a jury over the case.

A decision on this "commercial" front will come after the hearing fixed on 20 September, though Samsung has already requested a postponement and announced an appeal against the maxi-compensation of over1 billion dollars that it has been ordered to pay. This added to the damage from global stock markets: the day following the ruling, the company in fact lost 7%.

Meanwhile, the case has rocked the Asian country. The sentence was read with respect even by the conservative media, which, however, suggests that it is underpinned by a desire to tax foreign products imported into the U.S.. The Chosun Ilbo, the country's largest newspaper, wrote: "History has proven that the big companies have made inroads into the hearts of consumers through innovation, not judgments. History will prove Samsung right."


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