Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was banned for sale in the U.S. has received some reprieve following dissolving of the ban by district court Judge Lucy Koh Oct.1.
Earlier, in June 26, 2012, Samsung's flagship device was banned with stipulation that it might be reversed if Samsung was cleared of infringing Apple's D'889 tablet design patent. And that's just what occurred in a jury verdict delivered in August, leading Samsung to appeal the decision.
Apparently, the order follows another from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit in the previous week that enabled Koh to make a 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. 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," Koh's ruling read, according to CNET.
Welcoming the reprieve, the Korean electronics giant said in a statement: "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."
A federal jury in San Jose, Calif., ruled in favor of Apple in the trial between the two companies in August. The group rejected Samsung's patent infringement claims and found that the South Korea-based smartphone maker was liable for about $1.05 billion in damages arising from software patents on mobile devices. The fallout was tied with legal actions, including an injunction against the Galaxy Tab, which Samsung has replaced with newer models.
Judge Koh said the court would continue to hold on to the $2.6-million bond Apple put up to get the preliminary injunction to take effect. She also told both sides to submit a schedule of "any issues" about dissolving of preliminary injunction that Apple is likely to fight.
Both companies are expected back in court on Dec.6 to discuss a wide range of post-trial issues, including a U.S. sales ban of eight Samsung devices that were found to infringe on Apple's patents. Apple and Samsung, the market leaders in smartphone, are embroiled in patent disputes in over 10 countries.