US Judge Lucy Koh rules Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes Apple’s Patents – however, no injunction has been granted
Judge Koh informed the Cupertino firm that it must prove that it has sole rights to the three patents in question that affect the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy S 4G. If Apple successfully proves that they do deserve to own these three patents, the devices in question will be banned from Sale in the US. This will land a huge blow to Samsung.
Meanwhile, in Australia, courts down under have rejected Apple’s request to view Samsung’s upcoming products before they hit the shelves. Justice Annabelle Bennett firmly said that the sales ban of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not apply to any other Samsung-made product in the market. Apple argues that Samsung is likely to launch a modified version of the 10 inch tablet to get around the sales ban.
Apple argued, “Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1, we say any tablet device. We know what may well come is another version of the tablet.
“It’s up to our friends as to how they name it, whether they call it the Galaxy Tab 10.1 or 10.2 or 10.1s or whatever it happens to be.
“Our submission is that direction which would provide us a copy of the version proposed to be launched 10 days in advance.”
It’s not all good news for Samsung though. The same judge ruled that Samsung is prohibited from launching Galaxy Tab 10.1 versions in Australia before a final ruling has been made by the court. It is possible for the ruling to come out in 2012.
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