Apple blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US
Published Jun 27 2012, 12:36 BST | By Andrew Laughlin
A court in the US has banned sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in America while it decides on Apple's patent infringement lawsuit against its technology rival.
Apple claims that Samsung has "slavishly" copied the look of its own tablet device, the iPad, for the Galaxy Tab range.
Despite recent peace talks between the chief executives of both companies
, they have been unable to find a way through the wider patent dispute, which has also resulted in more than 50 lawsuits across ten different countries.
Samsung has now been hit with a ban in the US on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the firm's main challenger to the iPad.
The ban does not cover the Galaxy Tab 2
, the newest edition of the tablet.
Apple's case against Samsung is scheduled to be heard in California on July 30.
US District Judge Lucy Koh today (June 27) granted Apple's request for a preliminary injunction preventing Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US.
She said: "Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly by flooding the market with infringing products.
"While Samsung will certainly suffer lost sales from the issuance of an injunction, the hardship to Apple of having to directly compete with Samsung's infringing products outweighs Samsung's harm in light of the previous findings by the Court."
Earlier in the month, judge Koh had denied Apple's request for a ban
, after saying that she did not have the jurisdiction to issue a preliminary sales injunction against the tablet.
This was because Apple's case against Samsung was still at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, awaiting a mandate.
That court has now asked judge Koh to impose the ban while the case progresses.
In a statement issued to the BBC
, Samsung said that it "will take necessary legal steps" to defend itself, and insisted that the ban was unlikely to have a significant impact on its business.