Court Rules Samsung Galaxy Tab Does Not Infringe on the Design for the iPad

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A ruling has been handed down in the monumental patent-infringement lawsuit between Apple and Samsung. For the most part the U.S. court ruled in Apple’s favor, but not when it came to tablet design.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1While Apple argued that the Galaxy Tab was too close in design to the iPad, the jury did not agree.

UPDATE

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is currently banned from sale in the U.S. because of a preliminary injunction from the judge in this case because she thought Apple would win its point. Because the jury decided otherwise, Samsung’s lawyers have asked that the injunction be overturned.

In a court filing late yesterday, lawyers said “There is thus no proper basis for maintaining the injunction,.”

What About Software?

That doesn’t mean that this ruling will have no effect on tablet users, however. The jury did decide that Samsung’s smartphones and tablets have software that infringes on three of Apple patents, including one on pinch-to-zoom. This means that Samsung — and Google — are either going to have to modify the way the Android operating system works or license Apple’s patents.

The U.S. jury ruled that Samsung has to pay Apple $1.05 billion, and, because the jury decided that Samsung had willfully infringed, the judge in the case could double or even triple the award. Still, that’s a small percentage of the profits Samsung has raked in in recent years from smartphone sales.

And the legal wrangling is far from over. Apple has indicated it intends to appeal the parts of this decision that went against it, including the portion related to tablet design.

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