The temporary sales ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been lifted by a U.S. court, which puts the company back in business in critical American markets. Apple won the ban as part of the extensive and ongoing patent dispute between the two companies.
Despite the fact that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is an older model (by today’s standards, that is), the lifting of the ban is meaningful in that it allows Samsung access to momentum in the upcoming holiday season.
“We are pleased with the court’s action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple’s design patent and that an injunction was not called for,” Samsung said in a statement.
The initial ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was put in place before a trial that saw Apple and Samsung tangle in court over accusations that the South Korean company copied the Cupertino company’s designs of iPhone and iPad devices. Apple eventually won the trial on many fronts, but the jury that Samsung didn’t violate the central patent (D’889 patent) that was the basis for the tablet injunction. As a result, Samsung argued that the ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 should be lifted.
“The court does not agree with Apple that Samsung’s motion for dissolution of the June 26 preliminary injunction cannot be fairly decided without resolving Apple’s post-trial motions,” Judge Lucy Koh said in her ruling.
In a separate motion that accompanied the lifting of the ban, Samsung filed a motion against Apple suggesting that the company has actually violated some of its patents. The two actions, which came late on Monday, have to be seen as wins in Samsung’s column – for now.
There’s no telling how much luck Samsung will have in pursuing its iPhone 5 allegations, but the ongoing court battle does little to dispel the notion that the two companies harbour intense dislike for each other. There’s also no end in sight to the court battles between Samsung and Apple.
In December of 2012, the court will hear more details of Apple’s request to ban at least eight Samsung products. At the same time, Samsung will present allegations pertaining to jury misconduct and provide a case for having the August verdict overturned.