Judge Koh: Galaxy Tab 10.1 Injunction Stays in Place

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Judge Lucy Koh, the Federal Judge overseeing Apple and Samsung's mobile device patent infringement lawsuit, ruled on Monday that the injunction blocking sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet will remain in place. Samsung had hoped to convince the Judge to lift the ban since a jury in the case failed to find that it infringed on Apple-owned iPad patents.

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Apple and Samsung have been fighting in courtrooms around the world over mobile device patent infringement complaints for more than a year. Both claim the other company is using patents without proper licensing, and Apple has also accused Samsung of blatantly copying the iPad's look and feel.

The jury in the U.S. case found Samsung to be infringing on all of the patents Apple presented in its case, except for tablet-related patents, and that Apple didn't infringe on any of the patents Samsung presented. Samsung was hit with more than US$1 billion in damages and has been facing the possibility of seeing even more of its Android-based devices banned from sale in the U.S.

Following the verdict, Samsung filed a motion asking the court to lift the tablet ban. Apple won the injunction in June after convincing Judge Koh that the tablet likely infringed on its iPad-related patents.

"Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products," Judge Koh said.

Judge Koh told Samsung on Monday that lifting the Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban now wouldn't be appropriate since Samsung's appeal is currently in being reviewed by a different court, according to AllThingsD.

Both companies are scheduled to appear before Judge Koh again in December to go over post-trial motions.

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Judge Koh's ruling is good news for Apple since the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet stays off the U.S. market, but it doesn't mean Samsung is out of luck. Monday's ruling is really Judge Koh saying it's inappropriate for her to stay the injunction since it's currently in front of an appeals court.

Apple can still go after the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with other patents, and would've loved to do so in the case it recently won. Those patents weren't, however, allowed to be added to the case ahead of the trial.

The bottom line is that Samsung stands a chance of getting this injunction reversed, but Apple could still go after the tablet again with a new lawsuit.

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