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Nokia, Microsoft Are Seen Benefiting From Samsung Ban

Nokia Oyj and Microsoft Corp., both looking to increase U.S. sales of smartphones, stand to get a much-needed boost as Samsung Electronics Co. products face a possible ban and handset makers come under pressure to consider alternatives to Google Inc.’s Android software.

A federal jury awarded Apple Inc. more than $1 billion on Aug. 24, saying Samsung infringed on six of seven patents for mobile devices. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh will weigh Apple’s request for a ban on U.S. sales of some devices from Samsung, the dominant maker of Android phones, next month. Some Android-equipment makers may turn to platforms such as Microsoft’s Windows 8 to avoid a similar trip to court, said Carolina Milanesi of the research firm Gartner Inc.