Apple Wins Injunction Banning U.S. Sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Apple has won a preliminary injunction banning sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States, reports AllThingsD.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh announced the ruling:
"Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly by flooding the market with infringing products," Koh wrote in her order, adding that the strength of Apple's case on the merits left her no choice but to grant the injunction. "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."
Notably, Koh announced the ruling before a hearing on Friday to discuss the request which indicates she had heard enough arguments to support the injunction. For the order to go into effect Apple must post a $2.6 million bond to protect Samsung in case it's later found that the injunction shouldn't have been granted.
"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 spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told AllThingsD. "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."
Samsung has yet to comment.