US court bars Samsung tablet after Apple complaint

Jun 27, 2012
File picture shows a pedestrian using his smart phone in front of an advertisement for Samsung Electronics' new tablet computer, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, at the company's main building in Seoul. A US federal court has barred the sale of Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer, siding with Apple in a bitter dispute between the two tech giants over alleged patent infringement.

A US federal court has barred the sale of Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer, siding with Apple in a bitter dispute between the two tech giants over alleged patent infringement.

The in northern California Tuesday ruled that there was "evidence that Samsung altered its design to make its product look more like Apple's" and that Apple had "presented a strong case" for the injunction.

Samsung said it was "disappointed" with the decision, which the South Korean firm said would "ultimately reduce the availability of superior technological features to consumers in the United States."

Samsung said the preliminary injunction pending further litigation was "based on a single design patent that addressed just one aspect of the product's overall design."

"Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted," it said, adding that it would "take necessary legal steps" without elaborating.

The court said it was "unpersuaded by Samsung's arguments."

As a condition of the , Apple was ordered to post a $2.6 million bond to secure payment of any damages should it be found later that the Samsung product did not infringe on the patent.

Apple could not immediately be reached for comment, but in its initial complaint filed in April 2011 it had accused Samsung of having chosen to "slavishly copy" Apple technology in the design of its Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets, which run on Google's Android operating system.

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CreepyD
not rated yet Jun 27, 2012
Can't Samsung just threaten to stop supplying the chips to Apple or would that be shooting themselves in the foot also?
I always laugh as these reports when they work together and then constantly back-stab each other at the same time.
Vendicar_Decarian
not rated yet Jun 27, 2012
Yes, Corporations are often back-stabbers.

When the primary motivation is money, the primary failure is lack of morality.
Royale
not rated yet Jun 27, 2012
It's amazing to me that this kind of behavior doesnt seem to affect Apple's sales. They shit on everyone, at any time, for anything; and people still flock..
canuckit
not rated yet Jun 27, 2012
Americans can still buy Samsung's superior tablet technology in Canada.
Vendicar_Decarian
not rated yet Jun 27, 2012
Faith and ideology are a tough nut to crack.

"It's amazing to me that this kind of behavior doesnt seem to affect Apple's sales." - Royale

Just look at the legions of those who have impoverished by Republicans who are still voting for the vermin.
LuckyExplorer
not rated yet Jun 28, 2012
Typical US judgement - The US company succeeds over a foreign one, even with very weak arguments