Apple allowed to seek sales injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US
A major dispute went on for the last one year between two heavyweights Apple and Samsung on the patent of the iPad’s design. Apple had earlier accused Samsung of “slavishly” copying the iPad’s design. And Samsung in return has counter attacked Apple says that it had infringed its networking patents. Now it’s been over a year the two companies are battling it out in more than 50 lawsuits in 10 different countries.
Recently Apple has been given the nod to restrain sales on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it might be banned from U.S. stores.
During a recent order passed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit saying that it should impose a ban on sales until a trial is held. Earlier a lower district judge in California had given the judgment that Apple’s design patent would likely be proved valid.
Now it’s up to Apple if they want to continue the yearlong battle or it decides to hold off and negotiate. Taking this opportunity, The Cupertino, California-based Smartphone and tablet maker is could also demand ban on Samsung Tablet sales.
Under strict rules of confidentiality, May 21st and May 22nd are set as dates for talks between the two parties.
Under the leadership of Apple CEO Cook, they are now more inclined to settle things having faced another lawsuit slapped by Chinese manufacturing giant Proview over iPad trademark. In any case Apple will try to avoid heavy fines or bans on its product as Chinese patent and copyright law will favor in any China-based company.
It will be interesting to follow the proceedings of Apple from now on. Samsung will never want to settle the case before trial if Apple decides to go ahead for the sales injunction.
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