Well, Apple won a lawsuit against Samsung in the U.S. and now a number of four-year old smartphones from the Korean tech-giant have been banned in the country.

This is definitely a “hollow victory” for Apple, just as folks at Digital Trends describe it. The list of banned Samsung phones as, shared by Gizmodo includes:

  • Samsung Admire
  • Galaxy Nexus
  • Galaxy Note
  • Galaxy Note II
  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch
  • Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  • Galaxy S III
  • Samsung Stratosphere

The order was given by Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern California District, San Jose court, as a result of long-standing patent dispute between Apple and Samsung. As shared by the site, “Apple claimed that the Korean company was in violation of a handful of patents.” These included word recommendations and unlock gestures, and naturally so, Samsung didn’t agree with the accusations which led to the two tech-giants getting involved in this patent case.

The verdict was in Apple’s favor and now these Samsung devices have been banned, long after the phones had already been discontinued in the country. Nonetheless, the case does throw some light on where the current patent system stands in the country. While the verdict proved that the patents were valid, but it took three years for these devices to be banned in the country. Since then, there were already three new generations of  Samsung phones which have arrived in the U.S.

As shared by Digital Trends, the court cases do not end just yet, while the dispute moves on to the 2013 and 2014 product packaging by Samsung. The Korean company and a number of other tech-giants are teaming up “in a fight for the Supreme Court to better define design patents and lower the monetary damage values.”

Tech aficionados can keep coming back for more updates and news on Samsung and Apple patent wars.