Samsung’s efforts to get a preliminary injunction blocking the sale of its Galaxy tab 10.1 tablet in the U.S. was shot down by District Court Judge Lucy Koh. Apple won the injunction as part of its patent infringement fight against the rival electronics maker.
Apple won the preliminary injunction in late June and quickly posted the US$2.6 million bond to put the ban into effect. Samsung responded by filing an appeal, although as of today that didn’t pan out.
Samsung loses fight to lift Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction
Samsung has been dealing with other blows in its patent fight with Apple as well. The iPhone and iPad maker won a second U.S. injunction blocking the sale of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone, and Samsung’s request for summary judgement in its 12 patent infringement claims against Apple was denied, too.
Samsung representatives said in a statement that the company “is disappointed with the court’s decision that denied our motion to stay. We believe today’s ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior technological features to consumers in the United States,” according to Reuters.
At least some analysts, however, don’t see the bans having a major impact on consumers. “The impact on Samsung is limited as shipment volume of Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Nexus are quite small,” commented NH Investment & Securities analystLee Sun-tae.
Apple’s legal team hasn’t commented on Judge Koh’s latest ruling, but it’s a safe bet that they’re pleased with their current track record.