Judge Lucy Koh Lifts ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in US

Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District court last evening issued an order lifting the three month old ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on the US market.

The PDF order is in line with another from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit which was issued last week, enabling Judge Koh to make the decision.

“The Court agrees with Samsung that the sole basis for the June 26 Preliminary Injunction was the Court’s finding that Samsung likely infringed the D’889 Patent.” Her ruling read “The jury has found otherwise.  Thus, the sole basis for the June 26 Preliminary Injunction no longer exists. Based on these facts alone, the Court finds it proper to dissolve the injunction.”

Samsung, a Korean electronics giant currently dominating the Android market in smartphones, tablets and recently Android cameras, welcomed the news and asserted that the ban on the sale of the table was unnecessary in the first place.  The ban was enforced three months ago after Apple sued Samsung for copyright infringement.

Samsung issued a statement reading: “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.”

The judge rejected Apple’s application that the court should wait until after the trial motions are resolved before deciding whether the ban should be lifted.  Judge Koh said that since the public is not interested in enjoining a non-fringing product, the effects of market disruption caused by the ban lift would be insignificant in comparison to Samsung’s interests in re-introducing the product in the market.  Aside from this, the judge retained the $2.6 million bond that Apple had paid as a condition to obtain the preliminary injunction.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 was the company’s flagship device after its launch in June.  The jury had stipulated that the ban could be lifted if Samsung was found not to have infringed Apple’s patent D’889 tablet design.  We now know that last month’s Jury verdict was not guilty, that is why we will be seeing the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on the shelves again.

Last month, a federal Jury sitting in San Jose, California overwhelmingly sided with apple in the famous Apple vs Samsung infringement case.  All of Samsung’s infringement case claims were rejected and ordered the South Korean company to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages for the infringed patents on mobile devices.  Apple is however not contented with that and will be suing for a further $707 million and a ban on several Samsung smartphones from the US market including Samsung’s top Android smartphone, the Galaxy S3.

Both Apple and Samsung are expected to go back to the courts on December 6 to discuss a variety of post-trial issues among them a ban of eight Samsung devices in the U.S. market that were found to have infringed on Apple’s patents.

Download or read Judge Koh’s verdict in pdf here


Key Specs of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Processor: 1 GHz Dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 with ULP GeForce

Operating System: Android 3.1 Honeycomb

Display: 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 pixels ~149 ppi PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen

Memory: 1 GB RAM, choice of 16, 32 and 64 GB onboard memory

Cameras: 3.15 Megapixels 2048×1536 pixels rear and 2 Megapixels front

Connectivity: Bluetooth v3.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, HSDPA, HSUPA, GSM, A-GPS, USB v2.0

Battery: Standard Li-Po 7000 mAh