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Apple Seeks U.S. Sales Ban on Eight Samsung Devices

By JOHN LETZING And JESSICA E. VASCELLARO

Days after winning a $1.05 billion jury verdict against Samsung Electronics Co.,005930.SE -7.45% Apple Inc. AAPL +1.88% moved to block the sale of Samsung devices found to infringe its patents.

In a filing Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple said it is seeking a preliminary injunction against eight Samsung products, including versions of its Galaxy and Droid smartphones.

Apple, of Cupertino, Calif., said it reserves the rights to pursue permanent injunctions banning the sale of all 28 devices that the jury on Friday found to violate Apple’s intellectual property. But Apple offered, in response to an order by Judge Lucy Koh, what it called a “tailored” list of Samsung products “to address a portion of the immediate, ongoing irreparable harm that Apple is suffering,” according to the filing.

While the devices aren’t Samsung’s latest products, many are still available through wireless carriers and online retailers such as Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -0.74%

Samsung officials have already begun to talk to wireless carriers about removing or modifying infringing features to keep products on the market if the injunctions are granted, according to a person familiar with the matter. One of the most important devices in the scenario planning is the Galaxy S II smartphone, which was found to infringe patents related to the design of the phone and some involving software features.

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