A US judge has ordered Samsung to cease sales of its Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 device in the US as the ongoing patent wars with Apple escalate.
The latest milestone in the global patent cases that are circulating the two tech giants, Samsung’s Android powered 10.1-inch tablet has been banned from sale whilst the court considers Apple’s latest line of patent infringement claims.
Whilst the claims had previously been thrown out, a federal appeals court forced the case to be reconsidered with US District Judge Lucy Koh issuing the ban whilst stating Apple’s latest lawsuit looks set to be upheld.
“Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly by flooding the market with infringing products,” judge Koh said whilst issuing the ban that will be brought into force upon payment of a $2.6 million (£1.66m) by Apple. She added: “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.”
Happy at the decision, an official Apple spokesperson said: “It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging.
“This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”
Unsurprisingly Samsung was a little less pleased with the ruling announcing: “Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted.”
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