Apple’s hearing for an injunction blocking the import of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet into the United States is set for June 7, and Samsung has until May 25 to respond to the iPhone and iPad maker’s motion.
Samsung had hoped to push the preliminary injunction hearing out so that it would fall after the company’s requested Federal Circuit Court appeal on an Apple mobile patent. Judge Lucy Koh, however, disagreed and set a hearing date, according to Foss Patents.
Samsung faces potential U.S. ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet
Apple filed a for a preliminary injunction for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet after a Federal court overturned a ruling that called an iPad design-related patent invalid. Florian Mueller from Foss Patents thinks Apple’s attempt to ban Samsung’s tablet in the U.S. will succeed, and added, “If and when it does, there will be formal U.S. bans in place against all three of the leading Android device makers.”
Apple and Samsung have been locked in a legal battle over patent infringement claims for several months. Both companies have alleged that the other’s mobile devices use patented technologies without proper licensing, and have filed lawsuits against each other in the U.S. and other countries.
Assuming Apple’s injunction request is successful, it won’t likely have a major impact on Samsung’s bottom line because the electronics make would simply redesign its tablet to work around the related patents — just as it did to avoid an import ban in Germany.
Apple and Samsung’s CEOs are currently involved in potential settlement negotiations at the request of Judge Koh. Those talks aren’t expected to be successful, but they may help push Samsung into being more flexible in court to try to avoid an injunction.