Just days before last month’s court-mediated meeting between Apple and Samsung CEOs, the Cupertino giant filed a new injunction against Samsung, requesting an immediate ban on sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States. Well, it looks like Apple has just got its biggest victory yet against its Korean competitor, as U.S Judge Lucy Koh has issued a ruling granting Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction banning sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the region, according to AllThingsD. The Galaxy Tab 2, which Samsung introduced last month, is not affected.
Detailing from the source:
“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.”
Koh’s order will become effective as soon as Apple posts a $2.6 million bond to protect Samsung if it is later determined that the injunction should not have been granted.
Even though this is only a preliminary injunction and Samsung will certainly appeal it, the court’s decision is a pretty nasty blow to the Korean manufacturer.