It looks like Apple’s patent-trolling has paid off. U.S. District Judge, Lucy Koh, has ordered a sales ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (last year’s model) in the U.S. This decision comes following an appeal filed by Apple which was initially denied an injunction on the Gtab and some other Galaxy phones. Judge Koh mentioned that in order for this ban to be in effect, the Cupertino-based company must pay a $2.6 million bond in order to protect itself against Samsung in case the ruling gets annulled later on.
“Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products.”
Colleen Chien, a professor at Santa Clara Law in California, said that “the relief being given to Apple here is extraordinary. Preliminary injunctions are rarely asked for and rarely granted.” Samsung has reportedly just filed an appeal hoping to overturn the ruling. A denial for the appeal would cost the Korean company a substantial amount of damages.
The positive news here is that this ruling concerns last year’s model of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Samsung has already released a tweaked Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 this year and will soon launch the Galaxy Note 10.1.
When is this nonsense going to end?