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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban lifted in US

Korean firm finally wins one in San Jose
Tue Oct 02 2012, 11:10
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KOREAN HARDWARE GIANT Samsung can again sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the US after a US court lifted the temporary sales ban won by Apple in a patent lawsuit in August.

According to Reuters, the jury found that Samsung had not infringed an Apple patent on the design of its Ipad tablet, so Samsung moved for the injunction to be dissolved.

An appeals court remanded the issue back to the lower court on Monday.

The court decided the sole basis for the preliminary injunction requested by Apple back in June no longer exists since the jury found that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not infringe Apple's D'889 patent.

"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," US District Court Judge Lucy Koh said in her ruling.

"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 told The INQUIRER.

Apple could not be reached for comment at the time of writing.

While the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is an older model in Samsung's array of tablets, lifting the sales ban clears the Korean firm's name and might help boost its sales over the holiday season. µ



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