Apple wins U.S. injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
A U.S. judge on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction against all sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab, giving Apple a home-court victory in its ongoing legal battle against its handset rival.

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple's request to block sales of the South Korean electronic giant's iPad competitor, Reuters reports. The decision comes one week after a Samsung petition to rehear the patent case was denied.

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

According to the report, the injunction will be effective once Apple has put up a $2.6 million bond set aside for Samsung if the sales ban is later found to have been in error.

Apple won an appeal from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit last month that reopened the company's bid for a sales ban against its rival. The court disagreed with Judge Koh's ruling that an Apple design patent was "obvious."

Following the successful appeal, Apple quickly re-filed its motion for an injunction against the Galaxy Tab. However, Apple was told earlier this month that it would have to wait until the formal ruling from the CAFC was handed down to the District Court.

Samsung had argued that its 4G tablet did not compete directly with the 3G-equipped iPad 2, but the line of reasoning proved to be ineffectual.

Galaxy Tab 10.1



Tuesday's injunction represents a significant win for Apple at home. The iPad maker had previously successfully argued for temporary injunctions in Australia and Germany. Samsung dodged the German injunction by releasing a slightly-redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Meanwhile, the Australian ban was overturned last November.

Apple's displeasure at Samsung's apparent copying of its designs and intellectual property dates back to 2010. The company's attorneys revealed in court last year that then CEO Steve Jobs contacted Samsung to "give them a chance to do the right thing." However, talks eventually broke down and Apple sued Samsung last April.

The legal dispute between the two companies has grown quickly over the past year, spreading across more than 10 countries. In fact, Judge Koh has chastised the competitors for lodging too many claims against each other. Unwilling to subject jurors to what she called "cruel and unusual punishment," Kuo limited Apple and Samsung to 125 exhibits and 25 hours of arguments in an upcoming trial that she will preside over.

In May, the CEOs from Apple and Samsung met for settlement talks appointed by Judge Koh, but they were unable to come to an agreement.
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  • Reply 1 of 107
    'bout time
  • Reply 2 of 107
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,086member


    Well, I'll be a son of a b*tch.

  • Reply 3 of 107
    dickprinterdickprinter Posts: 1,060member


    INCOMINGGGG....!!!!

  • Reply 4 of 107
    scotty321scotty321 Posts: 313member
    Finally, justice is served in the United States. It happens so rarely that it's important to embrace this moment.
  • Reply 5 of 107
    chabigchabig Posts: 622member


    The tech blogs must be ablaze with Fandroid rants.

  • Reply 6 of 107
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,334member
    Just wait till nightfall when the trolls, iHaters, Fandroids, and other vermin infesting this site to spew their own bile on how Scamsung is the innocent party...

    About time! Hopefully Samesung will figure out how to use their ill-gotten gains to create their own R&D department instead of using Apple's shop.

    Next in the crosshairs, Scamsung's phones.
  • Reply 7 of 107
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,398member


    I'm working my way up to one massive "I told you so"!

  • Reply 8 of 107
    charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,197member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by scotty321 View Post



    Finally, justice is served in the United States. It happens so rarely that it's important to embrace this moment.


     


    not really. this is just a prelim. It's possible that the final call could still go against Apple's arguments and they might be forced to pay damages to Samsung over this injunction

  • Reply 9 of 107
    tundraboytundraboy Posts: 1,593member
    Thing is, Samsung is just shameless in how they copy Apple. Not just the devices but packaging, peripherals like chargers, and graphic design. Then they had the gall to trot out their head of "design" to be interviewed about his "design philosophy". (We prefer xerox over fuji copiers is what he should have said.)
  • Reply 10 of 107
    hellacoolhellacool Posts: 759member
    I'll wager if the ruling holds up they drop a white border on it and sales continue as scheduled, essentially what they did in Germany. A 5 cent sticker, easily removed by the end user, thwarts all Apple's legal effort. Now that's funny.
  • Reply 11 of 107
    wurm5150wurm5150 Posts: 763member
    An injunction on what? Like 5 Galaxy Tabs collecting dust at Best Buy? Hardly anyone is buying that thing anyway..
  • Reply 12 of 107
    [LIST]
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  • Reply 13 of 107
    sciwizsciwiz Posts: 77member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hellacool View Post



    I'll wager if the ruling holds up they drop a white border on it and sales continue as scheduled, essentially what they did in Germany. A 5 cent sticker, easily removed by the end user, thwarts all Apple's legal effort. Now that's funny.


     


    Heh, this is like winning an injunction against iPad 1, as the 10.1 is almost 1 year old. Samsung is selling the new version with the same modifications they did in Germany to thwart that injunction.

  • Reply 14 of 107
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,530member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post



    An injunction on what? Like 5 Galaxy Tabs collecting dust at Best Buy? Hardly anyone is buying that thing anyway..


    It's the principle of the thing.

  • Reply 15 of 107
    shadowxprshadowxpr Posts: 162member
    Tab 2 is already put so money wise this is not big but the president going forward is huge...
  • Reply 16 of 107
    All the Samsung defenders please read this post before you defend their products.

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  • Reply 17 of 107
    fredaroonyfredaroony Posts: 619member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post



    Just wait till nightfall when the trolls, iHaters, Fandroids, and other vermin infest this sight to spew their own bile on how Scamsung is the innocent party...

    About time! Hopefully Samesung will figure out how to use their ill-gotten gains to create their own R&D department instead of using Apple's shop.

    Next in the crosshairs, Scamsung's phones.


    Which Samsung model phones would that be?

  • Reply 18 of 107

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hellacool View Post



    I'll wager if the ruling holds up they drop a white border on it and sales continue as scheduled, essentially what they did in Germany. A 5 cent sticker, easily removed by the end user, thwarts all Apple's legal effort. Now that's funny.


     


     


    The Glaxy Tab 10.1 has been replaced in the lineup by the Galaxy Tab 2, IIRC. 


     


    Just checked - it is still listed online, but the GT2 is also for sale.  I wonder if both are included in the injuction, or only the older model?

  • Reply 19 of 107
    sflocal wrote: »
    Just wait till nightfall when the trolls, iHaters, Fandroids, and other vermin infest this sight to spew their own bile on how Scamsung is the innocent party...
    About time! Hopefully Samesung will figure out how to use their ill-gotten gains to create their own R&D department instead of using Apple's shop.
    Next in the crosshairs, Scamsung's phones.

    Yup. It'll be morning soon in the U.K. And they hate Apple.
  • Reply 20 of 107
    An injection won't even affect Tab sales figures reported by Samsung. They just count the number of boxes shipped from the factory. If it's held up in customs, it still counts.
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