In a patent lawsuit, Apple has won an injunction against the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh issued a ruling that granted Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction that bans the sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the U.S. pending further review. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was not affected.
?Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly by flooding the market with infringing products,? stated Koh. ?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.?
The order will become effective when Apple posts a $2.6 million bond to protect Samsung if it is later determined that the injunction should not have been granted. Samsung will likely appeal the case, but Koh made the decision based on Apple’s evidence having merit.
?Apple sought a preliminary injunction of Samsung?s Galaxy Tab 10.1, based on a single design patent that addressed just one aspect of the product?s overall design,? said Samsung in a statement. ?Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted.?