Apple's victory in its landmark legal battle may have created a wave
of uncertainty for owners of Samsung smartphones -- many are dumping
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A nine person jury on Friday found Samsung guilty of
infringement in the patent case over designs and software of Apple's
iPads and iPhones. Apple could seek a a permanent ban on as many as 28
of the Samsung devices that the jury found had infringed on its
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Since the verdict, resale site Gazelle.com
has seen an over 50% uptick in sales of Samsung phones from customers, a
move that comes ahead of Apple's widely rumored iPhone 5 launch,
expected in mid-September. It is also widely expected that Apple will
unveil an iPad mini about the same time.
"The spike in Samsung
(sellers) was right around the court verdict," says Anthony Scarsella,
chief gadget officer at Gazelle.com.
Apple on Monday singled out
eight phones it would like banned. The company has asked the court for
injunctions on Samsung's Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 (AT&T), Galaxy S2
Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile), Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase,
Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail. Apple earlier was granted an injunction
banning Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.
The Galaxy S II Epic
that's in Apple's legal cross hairs saw a 10% drop in prices on the
mobile device resale site, says Scarsella.
"I think consumers in
general could be shying away from purchasing these devices going
forward. Some people are panicking," he says.
Concerns run that
Samsung smartphones may get inferior software updates and a degraded
touch experience. The jury verdict against Samsung found that some touch
functions of its software, powered by Google's Android operating
system, infringed on Apple's patents.
If Samsung does not win an
appeal of the verdict at the federal circuit court in Washington, D.C.,
it will have to remove or work around the legal claims on Apple's