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Samsung Galaxy Tab back in U.S. stores

Posted: 04 Oct 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent infringement? trade dress? tablet market?

It's a fire that refuses to be put out. In the continuing saga of Samsung's battle against Apple, District Judge Lucy Koh lifted a sales ban implemented back in June, taking the Galaxy Tab 10.1 off the shelves temporarily.

The nine-person jury has since concluded that Samsung did not violate Apple's D'889 patent for this specific older tablet model and therefore can be sold in the U.S, according to a report from Reuters.

"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," Judge Koh stated.

Samsung immediately released a statement saying that the court's decision "vindicates" the company's stand that Apple has no basis for its infringement claims. The Korean firm recently filed a motion accusing Apple of patent violations with its newly launched iPhone 5.

Apple secured a major win back in August with the aforementioned jury's verdict that Samsung infringed on at least four patents. Meanwhile a panel of judges from the Seoul Central District Court ruled Apple is also at fault for copying Samsung's wireless technology. (See Apple, Samsung each score home court win in patent suit.)

The heated rivalry began last year when Apple sued Samsung on the basis that the Korean firm copied the look and feel of its iPhones and iPads with its own line of smartphones and tablet devices. Samsung retaliated by filing patent suits in South Korea and Germany accusing Apple of infringing on 10 of its mobile technology patents.

Court drama raged as the trial went on in the U.S. with Apple submitting a 132-page report detailing internal exchanges by Samsung engineers making recommendations how the Galaxy S model should copy the iPhone. (See Apple submits evidence of Samsung's plan to copy iPhone.) Samsung fought back by presenting Apple's emails as evidence that it also studies competing products for benchmarking purposes. (See Samsung shows Apple's emails.)

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