Apple has finally managed to get older Samsung smart phones off of shelves. These older phones are ones that infringe on the company’s patents, but they’re also ones that Samsung have since removed from retail.
This particular battle in the ongoing legal war between the two companies kicked off in December 2013 when Apple made it known that it would target twenty older phones that were said to have violated patents in a 2012 decision. That window of time would put the popular Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus in the crosshairs purely on features that have since become commonplace in smart phones.
Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple’s request in March 2014 and two years later, Apple finally got the result it was looking for on this front. While the victory doesn’t look like much since the phones in question are legacy handsets, Bloomberg pointed out that the victory could serve as ammo in the future. Samsung commented on the decision saying that the Galaxy phones were going nowhere and that Apple was “abusing the judicial system.”
It looks as though if you want older Samsung smart phones, you’ll have to search online retailers for independent sellers. You can read Samsung’s brief statement on the decision here.