Apple's continued attempts to have a selection of Samsung Galaxy devices banned across the globe have hit a major stumbling block as a judge in the US rules Samsung can continue to sell its leading Samsung Galaxy S II handset and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States.
The latest development in a long and tumultuous legal battle that sees at least 20 cases being contested across 10 countries the new US ruling means that Samsung's latest 10.1-inch tablet offering will not be removed from shelves in the US unlike its Australian and German based counterparts.
Having claimed that Samsung had 'blatantly copied' a number of its patents and intellectual design properties Apple's attempts to have the S II and Tab 10.1 banned have been rejected With Judge Lucy Koh of the San Jose district court ruling finding a ban would not resolve the issues between the two companies.
"It is not clear that an injunction on Samsung's accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed," Judge Koh announced following the case.
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Angered by the continued attacks to its leading Android powered devices Samsung responded to the ruling by claiming Apple's case 'lacks merit' with its patents covering too generalised technologies and methods of user interaction to remain protected.
"This ruling confirms our long-held view that Apple's arguments lack merit," official Samsung spokesperson Jason Kim said.
It was revealed on Friday that amidst all of the legal back and forth Apple had offered Samsung a selection of designs it said would not infringe on its patents.
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