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Tavistock NJ

Samsung wins 1 in court - ban on Galaxy Tab lifted

The judge(Lucy Koh) who presided over the Apple victory over Samsung last month lifted the sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 after an Appeals Court told her to lift it.


Judge Lucy Koh has dissolved the US sales ban on the tablet. It's the latest twist in a long and winding story for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Back in June, Judge Koh granted a preliminary injunction based on the likelihood that the Tab infringed upon the iPad's hardware design patent. However, while the jury found that the device had infringed on several pieces of Apple's intellectual property, the cited hardware design patent wasn't one of them. Given the circumstances, Samsung asked for the sales ban to be lifted.

This past Friday the Federal US Circuit Court of Appeals kicked the case back down to Koh, opening the door to today's decision. Koh also stated that the court will be holding on to the $2.6 million bond Apple posted for the injunction.

Of course, given that the Tab 10.1 was found to have infringed on other patents, the device could be banned again after the December hearing currently scheduled on Judge Koh's calendar.

But the good news for Samsung is they will be able to sell the Tab 10.1 during the coming Christmas season.