Apple seeks quick ban on 8 Samsung phones

Apple seeks quick ban on 8 Samsung phones

Apple seeks quick ban on 8 Samsung phones

Updated 28 August 2012, 11:59 AEST

Apple seeks speedy bans on the sale of eight Samsung phones, moving swiftly to translate its resounding court victory into a tangible business benefit.

The world's most valuable company wasted no time in identifying its targets: eight older-model smartphones, including the Galaxy S II and Droid Charge.

While Apple's lawsuit encompassed 28 devices, many of those accused products are no longer widely available in the world's largest mobile market.

Although Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III phone was not included in the trial, the jury validated Apple's patents on features and design elements that the United States company could then try to wield against that device.

Many on Wall Street believe Apple now has momentum behind it in the wake of its near-complete triumph over the South Korean company on the weekend.

Apple was awarded $US1.05 billion in damages after a US jury found Samsung had copied critical features of the iPhone and iPad.

Samsung, which sold around 50 million phones between April and June - almost twice the number of iPhones - will have to pay damages equivalent to just 1.5 per cent of the annual revenue from its telecoms business.

The verdict could lead to an outright ban on sales of key Samsung products.

"The evidence and weight of the case are heavily in Apple's favour," Jefferies & Co analyst Peter Misek said.

"We expect there is a two-thirds chance of an injunction against Samsung products."

An injunction hearing has been set for September 20.

If US District Judge Lucy Koh grants sales bans, Samsung is likely to try to put them on hold pending the outcome of its appeal.

Apple's court win strengthens its position ahead of the iPhone 5's expected launch on September 12 and could cement its market dominance as companies using Google's Android operating system - two-thirds of the global market - may be forced to consider design changes, analysts say.