Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales blocked in US

Today Apple has won a preliminary injunction against sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States. Samsung has already appealed against the decision though.

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 only four months ago allowed a 10.1N revision of the device to finally be sold in the country.

The Verge is reporting that US District Judge Lucy Koh blocked sales adding "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."

Samsung responded pointing out the damage it would do to agreements made with wireless carriers, but Koh disagreed stating: "Samsung cannot be heard to complain about broken business relationships that it has established on infringing products."

Apple has agreed to submit a bond of $2.6M in-case Samsung successfully prove they aren't infringing Apple's D'889 design patent, and to subsequently compensate for their losses. The appeal documents can be found here.

Source: The Verge

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My boss gave me a pad 2 10.1 to play with. I'm probably going to give it back to him.
I've got a Note with a 5.3" screen. He wanted to see if we could use these for work, instead of
a paper ticket book. This one has wi-fi only, ICS 4.03, but, unless you have wi-fi, or tether your phone, kind of hard to send/receive email. Some of our techs are not in an area of wi-fi coverage, and getting them to tether is out of the question. Another thing, considering I have a huge smartphone, and never thought I'd say this, the 10" screen is just too big. If I'm dealing with a 10" screen, I might as well drag out my 15" laptop.
It's a nice device, just does not fit my needs.

That picture is the doctored one that Apple submitted as evidence, and it's downright deceitful. The Galaxy Tab picture has been distorted to make its overall shape the same as that of the iPad, and the app screen is shown, not the actual home screen with widgets as well as icons, because this looks similar to the iPad's simplistic home screen. If the picture showed the actual home screen of both devices there'd be no similarity.

In Australia, the judge that imposed a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (which was overturned shortly after), actually did own all Apple stuff, and was seen parading around the court house with her iPad.

If I am not mistaken, this is for the first gen 10.1 tablet. If thats the case, congrats Apple on banning outdated tech. 2nd gen is already out and looks different from the 1st.

If thats not hte case, then all Samsung has to do is start shipping the N model and tell Apple to go **** themselves.

This is terrible news for the consumer . Nobody wins when competition is blocked because of broken laws and a broken patent system.

Apple is just doing what the law allows them to do. Everyone says that the patent system needs overhauling but no one proposes a viable alternate.

red hook said,
Apple is just doing what the law allows them to do. Everyone says that the patent system needs overhauling but no one proposes a viable alternate.

Simple, just say things can look similar, but not identical. For instance, similar would be everything minus the a round home button on the bottom of the Galaxy tab.

From a consumer's standpoint, I'd just like to say thanks Apple and I'll remember that in my next purchase....which will definitely will not be an Ipad. Apple is like so many companies that get hooked on huge profits and do everything they can to stifle competition, you expect that from the companies themselves, but the granting patents on squares with screens is absolutely ridiculous.

"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."

Does anybody else read this as.
"We can't have people competing with Apple. That would be bad."

Ad Man Gamer said,
"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."

Does anybody else read this as.
"We can't have people competing with Apple. That would be bad."


Yup. That would be bad, mmmmmkay.

Ad Man Gamer said,
"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 has no hardship. Their case was dismissed with Motorola because they could not prove they were suffering any loss or hardship. Apple is just bitching because they were once on top, and now they are 2nd place in the smart phone market. They need to learn that they cannot stay on top all the time (like MS) and to suck it up and do what they did in the first place to put them on top.

GOOD! About time Samsung got punished for STEALING apple tech! samsung learn to innovate! More garbage made from stolen apple teach, get a real tablet, get an iPad!

vladmihaelescu said,
GOOD! About time Samsung got punished for STEALING apple tech! samsung learn to innovate! More garbage made from stolen apple teach, get a real tablet, get an iPad!

The friggin' patent is for a rectangle with rounded corners and a button! Apple is clearly nothing but a desperate patent troll.

vladmihaelescu said,
GOOD! About time Samsung got punished for STEALING apple tech! samsung learn to innovate! More garbage made from stolen apple teach, get a real tablet, get an iPad!

Yeah they definitely stole the design, I mean if they were creating a tablet using logic they would make it a triangle with 37 buttons and instead of a screen have a potato.

Ohh and btw I'm being sarcastic, I feel the need to point it out as your clearly high right now.

vladmihaelescu said,
GOOD! About time Samsung got punished for STEALING apple tech! samsung learn to innovate! More garbage made from stolen apple teach, get a real tablet, get an iPad!
What did Apple innovate again?

4G? Hahaha!!! 3G? Negative. Touchscreens? Nope. Swipe to unlock? Not a chance. The square? See: cavemen. Square icons in a grid layout? See: Everyone. Icons at the bottom of the screen? Again, everyone. Processor power? Fail. A camera on a phone? Try again. Texting? Nope. Parsing links in texts and emails? Not a chance. The wedge? They think so but again, fail. Music on a phone? Nope. Bluetooth? Nope.

Taking what others innovated and claiming it as their own? Yes. Being douches that cater to other douches, hipsters, and the less intelligent (tech) of society? Absolutely.

vladmihaelescu said,

GOOD! About time Samsung got punished for STEALING apple tech! samsung learn to innovate! More garbage made from stolen apple teach, get a real tablet, get an iPad!


Oh, do shut the hell up you deluded idiotic fanboi!

Snake89 said,

most of apple products are using samsung parts.

Neobond said,
Where does Apple go for many of the components in their products? Samsung.

That's not massively relevant to Samsung's (supposed) infringement of Apple's design patents.

Manish said,


That's not massively relevant to Samsung's (supposed) infringement of Apple's design patents.


No, but they're relevant to the comment they're replying to.

vladmihaelescu said,
GOOD! About time Samsung got punished for STEALING apple tech! samsung learn to innovate! More garbage made from stolen apple teach, get a real tablet, get an iPad!

Yeah, nobody thought of making a rectangular device with a screen before Apple! It's the greatest invention since a mouse and keyboard!

vladmihaelescu said,
GOOD! About time Samsung got punished for STEALING apple tech! samsung learn to innovate! More garbage made from stolen apple teach, get a real tablet, get an iPad!

Funniest post I read for a while. Thanks for posting. I love comedy and rants from people who do not know what thy are talking about.

vladmihaelescu said,
GOOD! About time Samsung got punished for STEALING apple tech! samsung learn to innovate! More garbage made from stolen apple teach, get a real tablet, get an iPad!

Good work! That has to be one of the best trolls I have seen in a while. Look how many people you made so angry they had to reply. I had a nice chuckle.

Buttus said,
good thing apple doesn't make cars, or everything with 4 wheels would be banned...

Shhh... Apple employed lurkers may be hiding here!

Don't think you can patent something that vague.

They probably handed in an application that reads more like this:

Claim 1: Machine (CAR) comprising of an enclosure (for human/nonhuman occupants), 4 wheels (see claim 2), doors (see claim 3), steering wheel (see claim 4), accelerator and brake pedals (see claim 5)

Claim 2: Extension of the wooden wheel (3500BC) by fitting air-rubber cushions (TYRES) around a wheel-shaped apparatus.

Claim 3: Door system according to claim 1, comprising of a handle and a lock, held together by a hinge. This invention also claims the inclusion of the following apparatus: lock, electronic and or window system (Claim 6)

Claim 4: Device to steer the CAR by means of turning the front two wheels, via an axle system (Claim 7)

...

Another Android tablet that looks like the iPad? Nothing to get worked up over. They're both ugly anyway.

Enron said,
Another Android tablet that looks like the iPad? Nothing to get worked up over. They're both ugly anyway.

Look at that picture and tell me how they look alike, other than being a tablet.

farmeunit said,

Look at that picture and tell me how they look alike, other than being a tablet.

1) Both ugly.
2) Same boring rectangle with round edges design.
3) Same boring grid of icons OS interface.

I'm not supporting Apple's blocking sales though. Samsung should still be allowed to sell their ugly tablet too.

", the hardship to Apple of having to directly compete with Samsung's (allegedly?) infringing products outweighs Samsung's harm"

"Samsung cannot be heard to complain about broken business relationships that it has established on (allegedly?) infringing products."

Sounds like the judge has made up her mind.

Besides the fact you don't need 14 people to design a 3d rectangle, there is an overabundance of prior art in both the commercial and academic circles... Samsung's next move will have to be having the US PTO invalidate the patent on prior art grounds.