Apple Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Tab Sales in U.S.

galaxy tab 10 1Reuters and AllThingsD report that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted a preliminary injunction against the sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab in the U.S.

The ruling is the latest in the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung. Apple had accused Samsung of copying the design of Apple's iPad and iPhone products. Apple has previously sought and won injunctions against the sale of the same Samsung tablet in other countries.

As reported by AllThingsD, the new ruling stated:

“Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products,” Koh wrote in her order, adding that the strength of Apple’s case on the merits left her no choice but to grant the injunction. “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 is likely to appeal the preliminary injunction but the order could go into effect once Apple posts a $2.6 million bond to cover any damages to Samsung if the injunction does not hold up in appeal.

AllThingsD received a statement from Apple that reiterated their previous claims that Samsung had copied the iPad:

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

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Top Rated Comments

Icaras Avatar
156 months ago
Tragi-comical - Apple are being jerks.

More like excersizing their legal rights.
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gorskiegangsta Avatar
156 months ago
Hopefully this will deter Samsung (and, by extension, other companies) from copying others' designs to actually innovating on their own designs.
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gorskiegangsta Avatar
156 months ago
Tragi-comical - Apple are being jerks.

Yeah, how dare they protect their own IP and uniqueness of their brand.:rolleyes:
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kaibelf Avatar
156 months ago
Indeed there must be millions of way to design a tablet :rolleyes:.

Microsoft seemed to be able to do it and not have even the packaging INSIDE THE BOX look EXACTLY like Apple's
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Andronicus Avatar
156 months ago
Judge: Samsung, you have to stop shipping the Galaxy 10.1
Samsung: We stopped shipping those 6 months ago.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rogifan Avatar
156 months ago
Tragi-comical - Apple are being jerks.
As if Samsung is totally innocent.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)