Samsung wins against Apple in US

Another victory for Samsung, could the tide be turning in legal battle?

December 5, 2011

There’s more good news for Samsung this morning, following its partial success in Australia last week.

Down under last week, the federal court ruled that a previous judgement and ban on the Galaxy Tab slate was incorrect – although Apple still has a temporary injunction in place giving it time to muster its case for an appeal to the high court.

But over in the US, a court in California has now ruled against Apple’s legal bid to block both the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy smartphone from being sold.

According to a report on PC Mag, the judge said that a preliminary injunction to force Samsung to remove its tablets and smartphones from sale would be an excessive, nay extraordinary, measure to take at this stage.

Judge Lucy Koh said: “It is not clear that an injunction on Samsung’s accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed. Indeed, given the evidence Samsung presented, it seems likely that a major beneficiary of an injunction would be other smartphone manufacturers.”

Is the tide turning for Samsung, which has thus far been on the losing end of judgements when it comes to the ongoing battle with Apple?

It would seem so, although the company is far from out of danger yet. There are still legal disputes occurring between the two in some ten countries across four different continents, although Samsung has brought some of this action against Apple, of course.

And this is very unlikely to be the last shot fired in the US, Apple will doubtless be mounting another offensive.


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