Apple has been thwarted in its bid to stop Samsung selling its Galaxy smartphones in the United States.
On Friday a US District judge in San Francisco turned down a request from Apple for a preliminary injunction against Samsung, which means sales of its Galaxy phones and tablets can continue Stateside.
Judge Lucy Koh rejected a bird by Apple to prevent the sale of three Samsung Galaxy smartphones, as well as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet, commenting: “It is not clear that an injunction on Samsung’s accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed.”
Jason Kim from Samsung comments: This ruling confirms our long-held view that Apple’s arguments lack merit.’
An Apple spokesman reaffirmed the company’s previous statement: ‘blatant copying is wrong.’
The ruling is a blow for Apple, which is currently engaged in legal wrangling with Samsung over copyright issues in 10 countries, with varying success. In April Apple sued Samsung in the US claiming its Galaxy smartphones and tablet ‘slavishly’ copy it’s iPhone and iPad. Recently an Australian court extended the ban of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country for another week.
These legal wrangling lead Samsung to even release a slightly modified version of the tablet into the European market. The Galaxy Tab 10.1N has some slight design tweaks, including a wrap-around bezel and re-positioned speakers.
We’re sure this is just the latest twist in the Apple/Samsung legal wrangling, we’ll bring you more news as soon as we get it.