Samsung wins reconsideration of Galaxy Tab sales ban

SAN FRANCISCO Sat Sep 29, 2012 6:18am EDT

A visitor looks around behind Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet displayed for customers at a registration desk at South Korean mobile carrier KT's headquarters in Seoul December 9, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

A visitor looks around behind Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet displayed for customers at a registration desk at South Korean mobile carrier KT's headquarters in Seoul December 9, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that a lower court should reconsider a sales ban against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 won by Apple in a patent dispute with the South Korean electronics maker.

The injunction was put in place ahead of a month-long trial that pitted iPhone maker Apple Inc against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in a closely watched legal battle that ended with a resounding victory for Apple last month on many of its patent violation claims.

However, the jury found that Samsung had not violated the patent that was the basis for the tablet injunction and Samsung argued the sales ban should be lifted. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said she could not act because Samsung had already appealed.

In its ruling on Friday, the Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington said Koh could now consider the issue.

The decision comes just a month before the South Korean corporation is expected to unveil the second generation of one of its most successful devices, the stylus-equipped Note.

The Galaxy 10.1 is an older model, but the ban still hurts Samsung in the run-up to the pivotal holiday shopping season.

The world's top two smartphone makers are locked in patent disputes in 10 countries as they vie to dominate the lucrative market, which is growing rapidly.

A U.S. jury found during the just-concluded trial that Samsung had copied critical features of the iPhone and iPad and awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages.

(Reporting By Dan Levine; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn. Editing by Andre Grenon)

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Comments (5)
AMDkid1 wrote:
Great! Apple compete and stop cheating your customers. Go Android!!!!

Sep 29, 2012 10:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
scythe wrote:
koh is an apple guppy

Sep 30, 2012 4:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SanPa wrote:
Galaxy Tab is no copy of iPad … it is of such low and limited utility as to be more like a paperweight than tablet.

Sep 30, 2012 10:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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