APPLE has triumphed in the latest round of patent battles with its archrival Samsung after a US judge yesterday backed the iPad maker’s request to halt sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 device.
“Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products,” US district judge Lucy Koh said in San Jose, California.
The injunction, which does not apply to Samsung’s latest tablet offering, will come into effect when Apple posts a $2.6m (£1.67m) bond to compensate Samsung if the ban turns out to have been ungrounded.
The trial is scheduled to begin on 30 July.
Koh had initially refused to grant Apple this injunction, but was instructed to reconsider by a federal appeals court.
Samsung said, “Apple sought a preliminary injunction of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, based on a single design patent that addressed just one aspect of the product’s overall design. Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted.”