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Apple denied preliminary injunction of Galaxy Tab in the U.S.

Samsung strikes an early victory against Apple in the ongoing worldwide legal dispute over accusation of patent infringements

The iPad maker has brought its legal issues with Samsung to the home front right here in the U.S., but has so far not had as much luck in the courtroom.

During a ruling in California, District judge Lucy Koh rejected Apple’s request for a preliminary ban on a number of Samsung devices, including the Galaxy Tab 10.1. If the injunction had been granted, retailers would have been forced to take down certain Samsung electronics off of store shelves for an unspecified amount of time.

As for why Koh sided with Samsung, she believed that more evidence must be presented from Apple showing that sales of Samsung products have been seriously harming the Cupertino company directly. “It is not clear that an injunction on Samsung’s accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed,” she said in an Electronista report.

The Samsung victory so far is in stark contrast to the related legal battles in Germany earlier this year where German courts decided to favor a ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 due to its similarities to the iPad. Still, the pendulum has been swinging towards Samsung as of late, as Australia will be lifting the country’s temporarily ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the coming weeks.

Apple has been pulling the lawsuit trigger on Samsung around the world this year due to what they claim are blatant patent infringements from a number of Samsung Galaxy devices. So far, the fight has gone to Germany to Australia and now to the United States and even Japan.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-12- 4 (Update: 2012-05-26)