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The jury decided that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 didn't copy any Apple patents, but the judge upheld the ban for now

Samsung has been through quite an ordeal with Apple regarding patent lawsuits, and it doesn't look like things are getting any easier -- especially for the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Federal Judge Lucy Koh, who is presiding over the Apple/Samsung patent case, ruled on Monday that the ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 will not be lifted despite a recent jury decision. 

Back in August, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California reached an unfavorable verdict for Samsung, saying that the South Korean electronics maker was guilty of violating technology patents. In other words, most of Samsung's smartphones and tablets in question were found guilt of copying Apple's iPhone and iPad designs. 

However, one glimmer of hope for Samsung was that the jury also ruled in favor of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was banned June 26 by Koh for infringing on Apple patents. The jury decided that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not violate these patents afterall. 

As a result of this decision, Samsung asked Koh earlier this week if the preliminary injunction could be lifted. Koh gave a big fat "no," saying that it wouldn't be appropriate to lift the ban now that the case is going before an appeals court. However, she did give Samsung the option to re-address the issue later in her courtroom. 

Samsung and Apple are set to meet again December 6 for other post-trial motions.

The Apple-Samsung patent war began in April 2011 when Apple claimed Samsung was an "iPhone, iPad copycat." More specifically, Apple said Samsung's Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G and Nexus smartphones infringed on Apple's patents. 
 
Apple worked pretty hard to ban Samsung's smartphones and tablets around the world, and successfully accomplished this in countries like Germany and Australia. Samsung launched a few lawsuits of its own regarding 3G patents, and was also able to lift the ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia in December 2011. However, Samsung wasn't so lucky in Germany, where the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still banned.








Source: All Things D





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