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A US judge has rejected Apple’s plea to ban sales of Samsung’s smartphones that violate its patents.

Apple had requested the ban after a jury ruled earlier this year that some Samsung products had infringed Apple’s patents.¬†Samsung was also ordered to pay $1.05bn (¬£650m) in damages, a ruling the South Korean firm has since challenged.

However, the judge said there was not enough evidence that the infringed patents had hurt Apple’s US sales.¬†“The phones at issue in this case contain a broad range of features, only a small fraction of which are covered by Apple’s patents,” District Judge Lucy Koh said.

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