In the on-going, worldwide patent battle between Apple and Samsung, Apple has just landed a critical blow to its South Korean rival.
The US tech giant has won a legal dispute over design patents on its iPad that will see Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in America.
In a big development in the two companies’ bitter patent rivalry, a US District Court Judge has ruled that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes the design patents of Apple’s iPad.
“Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products,”
said US District Judge Lucy Koh.
Judge Koh had previously rejected Apple’s request for an injunction on the Galaxy Tab, as well as certain Galaxy smartphones.
But after a request from the federal appeals court, she reconsidered Apple’s request concerning the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Decision welcomed by Apple
Apple was suitably pleased with the landmark ruling, saying that similarities with the iPad can be seen throughout the Galaxy Tab.
“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,”
Apple told The Inquirer.
“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.”
Blow for Samsung
Of course Samsung, which has its own patent infringement claims against Apple, was disappointed by the decision.
“Apple sought a preliminary injunction of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, based on a single design patent that addressed just one aspect of the product’s overall design,” the company said in a statement.
“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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