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May 15, 2012

Apple can press ahead with injuction to block Samsung Galaxy tablet in US, court rules

Rejects Apple’s another claim to ban sales of Samsung smartphones in the US

By CBR Staff Writer

Samsung Electronics said it will continue to sell its 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab in the US despite an appeals court in the US has ruled that Apple, the maker of the iPhone and iPad can press ahead with an injuction to block its sales over infringement of one patent.

Samsung Electronics statement cited by Korean Times said:“The decision doesn’t mean that Samsung should stop selling the Tabs, immediately. This isn’t a preliminary injunction.”

“We don’t think the latest ruling from the United States is unfavorable for us. We will prove that Apple’s claims are totally groundless by using all our legal power. Samsung will keep our intellectual properties.” the statement added.

The patent in the recent federal ruling related with the design of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.

The appeals court, however, denied Apple’s other legal claims that sought to ban sales of Samsung smartphones in the US.

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said the California district court trial could cause irreparable harm to Apple as there is enough evidence to show Samsung infringed on Apple patents.

Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung in April 2011, alleging infringement of two patents, the D’677 and ‘381 patents.

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Later, Apple claimed that two of Samsung’s smartphones, the Galaxy S 4G and the Infuse 4G, infringed two of its patent designs, the D’087 and the D’677 patents.

Apple also alleged that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, which was released in June 2011, infringed the D’889 patent, and that all three devices infringed a patent for a function, including the 381 patent.

The claims finally involved three patents, of which two have to do with smartphone design, and a third related to scrolling.

In July 2011, Apple moved for a preliminary injunction to block the sale of Samsung’s devices within the US, which was denied by a district court.

Both the parties have now agreed to undertake settlement talks.

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