Apple-Samsung Case: Date Set for Hearing Over Phone Ban

Apple’s legal motion to have some Samsung mobile phones banned in the US will now be heard in court in December.

A jury on Friday ordered Samsung to pay Apple more than US$1 billion after ruling it had infringed several of the iPhone maker’s patents.

The judge had originally suggested that Apple’s request would be heard next month, but now says that a hearing will take place on 6 December.

Shares in Samsung rose 3% on Tuesday on news of the delay of the hearing.

The South Korean firm had US$12 billion wiped off its market value on Monday as its shares suffered their biggest drop since October 2008.

Apple wants eight Samsung smartphones banned.

They are the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T model, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile model, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail.

The list does not include Samsung’s current flagship handset, the Galaxy S3, which was not involved in the case.

The hearing in September will still consider Samsung’s motion to dissolve a preliminary injunction already allowed against its Galaxy Tab 10.1.

That tablet – a rival to Apple’s iPad – was taken off US shelves in June.

But this is further complicated by the fact the US jury last week found that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 did infringe some of Apple’s patents.

This article originally appeared on BBC News and was republished with permission.