Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban lifted in the US

In a seemingly unending series of twists, turns and corporate "who has the biggest wang" contests, Samsung can now claim a victory of their own against Apple today, as Judge Lucy Koh ruled that the (albeit now older) Galaxy Tab 10.1 can now be sold in the United States after a jury found that Samsung does infact not infringe on Apple's D'889 design patent.

Of the decision Koh said in her ruling: "The court does not agree with Apple that Samsung's motion for dissolution of the June 26 preliminary injunction cannot be fairly decided without resolving Apple's post-trial motions,"

Earlier this year, the same US District Judge blocked sales stating that "While Samsung will certainly suffer lost sales from the issuance of an injunction, the hardship to Apple of having to directly compete with Samsung’s infringing products outweighs Samsung’s harm in light of the previous findings by the Court."

Apple had agreed in the previous ruling to submit a bond of $2.6M incase Samsung successfully proved they aren't infringing Apple's D'889 design patent, and to subsequently compensate for their losses.

Samsung, who will almost certainly be pleased to offload the older model during the run up to the holiday season, welcomed the decision and said of the decision: "We are pleased with the court's action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple's design patent and that an injunction was not called for,"

Samsung hasn't had it easy launching much of their Galaxy line of hardware, what with the 10.1 tab having a rocky start in Australia where it was banned, unbanned and then banned again before eventually being cleared for sale. Apple is also seeking to get the Galaxy S3 banned in the US as well.

The same story in Europe too including Germany, which at the start of the year allowed a 10.1N revision of the device to finally be sold in the country.

The story doesn't end there though, because Samsung immediately filed a motion against Apple saying the iPhone 5 had infringed on some of its company's patents.

Source: Reuters

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omgben said,
...but I thought Judge Koh was in Apple's pocket?

Can one get a refund on a tin-foil hat?

Well, this is not the whole coverup of the story.
If I cite this :

"Samsung attempted to get the ban overturned after the jury ruling, but it had also previously appealed the June 26 injunction to a higher court. As a result, Koh was unable to overturn the injunction immediately since she no longer had jurisdiction. Jurisdiction was returned to Koh Friday with a narrow appellate ruling allowing her to decide the issue."

Then it gets a new meaning right ? Koh's initial ruling has been overturned by higher court.
She'd be dumb not to change the decision/position on this...

Source :
http://feeds.arstechnica.com/%...ica/index/%7E3/2z5jmF-4Kg0/

So Samsung gets Apple's $2.6 million bond to cover damages.
Pocket change, though.

PS: isn't that the photoshopped picture where the Galaxy Tab and the iPad seem to have the exact same size?

ichi said,
So Samsung gets Apple's $2.6 million bond to cover damages.
Pocket change, though.

PS: isn't that the photoshopped picture where the Galaxy Tab and the iPad seem to have the exact same size?

Not sure if it's the edited one but it sure as hell is a bad pic! Lots of artifacting on the tab and a really yucky picture!!