Samsung fails in bid to lift ban on US sales of Galaxy 10.1 Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1Samsung’s US lawyers must be scratching their heads wondering what they need to do to get a court decision to go its way.

Last week a California court imposed a preliminary injunction banning US sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in response to a lawsuit brought by Apple claiming infringement of patents related to the design of its iPad device. Samsung were, of course, quick to appeal the decision, requesting that the temporary ban be lifted until a final decision is made.

Unfortunately for the Korean tech giant, that appeal was rejected by the same court on Monday, so the sales ban remains in place.

An AllThingsD report said a Samsung spokesperson described the court’s decision as disappointing. The spokesperson added, “We believe today’s ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior technological features to consumers in the United States. Regardless, we will continue to pursue a request for an appeal of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 preliminary injunction, which we filed on June 26 to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.”

On Friday the same court – and the same judge, in fact (Lucy Koh) – also imposed a temporary injunction on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus handset, preventing it from being sold in the US. Apple is behind that patent case too. The Android-powered Galaxy Nexus, the result of a collaboration between Samsung and Google, hit the market late last year and is the search giant’s flagship smartphone.

It has been suggested that the ban on the company’s tablet could cost it as much as $60 million, while the injunction on the Galaxy Nexus could see as much as $120 million disappear down the tubes.

If Samsung’s continued appeals fail to succeed, the company has two choices. It could – as suggested in this DT piece which takes a closer look at the current tablet-related spat between Samsung and Apple – modify the physical look of the device to remove the basis of Apple’s claim (as it did in Germany), or retire it altogether and concentrate on marketing its Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet instead – although who’s to say that that won’t also be the subject of a patent dispute somewhere down the road….

[Source: Reuters, Apple Insider]

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