In Apple’s continuing battle with Samsung, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh issued a ruling granting Apple’s request for an injunction banning sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States, pending further review.
“Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly by flooding the market with infringing products,” Koh wrote in her order.
She continues on by saying, “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.”
The injunction is preliminary and Samsung has appealed the decision. Retailers are free to sell off existing Galaxy Tab 10.1 stock while the appeal is in place, according to Fortune. The ruling may be a hollow victory for Apple, as Samsung has already launched the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which has a design based on the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. The 10.1N was introduced in Germany in 2011 to get around a similar injunction.