Following on from yesterday’s post Apple ordered to pay damages to Samsung by Dutch court the roles have been reversed as a US court has banned sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet while it decides on the firm’s patent dispute with Apple.Apple has claimed that Samsung infringed its design patent and copied the look of its popular device, the iPad.
The Samsung tablet is considered by most analysts as the biggest rival to Apple’s iPad.
The ban does not apply to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 II, the tablet’s new edition. The trial for the case is scheduled to begin in California on 30 July.
Apple will have to post a £1.67 million ($2.6 million) bond to enforce the injunction, which it applied for in May, to compensate Samsung if the ban subsequently proves to have been unnecessary.
The judge had previously denied Apple’s appeal for an injunction on the Galaxy tablet and smartphones, but was asked by a federal appeals court to reconsider Apple’s request on the tablet PC.
Samsung and Apple are tied up in several legal cases, each becoming increasingly bitter as they each try to hinder each other’s chances in the lucrative tablet market.
Surprisingly enough, the feud hasn’t stopped the companies working together – the latest iPad uses several Samsung-made components.
Elsewhere, in a sign of increasing frustration at the tit-for-tat nature of the patent disputes, a US judge threw out a separate case involving Apple, this time against Google-owned Motorola Mobility.
The judge said Apple’s claim that Motorola’s alleged patent infringement had harmed the iPhone’s standing in the smartphone market was “wild conjecture”.
Apple has been filing suits against various manufacturers who use the Google Android operating system in their tablets and smartphones.
Apple and Samsung are involved in a variety of legal cases in various countries across the globe amid claims and counter claims of patent infringement.
While Apple had accused Samsung of “blatant copying” of its design and look, the South Korean firm has alleged that Apple infringed its patents relating to the way phones and tablet PCs connect to the internet.
Apple and Samsung are two of the biggest manufacturers of tablet PCs and smartphones in the world- and each are using every tactic to attempt to hinder each other’s market share growth.