Back in June, before the Samsung v. Apple patent trial started, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh issued a ruling that made it illegal Samsung to offer the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in this country because she believed that Apple would be able to prove to a jury that this tablet was too close in design to Apple’s device.
As it turns out, Koh was wrong. The jury in the trial gave Samsung a victory in this area, although it mostly decided in Apple’s favor in the other points of the trial. That’s why Koh has now lifted the ban.
The ruling is something of a hollow victory for Samsung, though, as the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has been out for months, and the original is basically obsolete. As an example, it won’t be getting an upgrade to Android 4.1.
Still, Koh is holding on to the $2.6 million bond it required Apple to post when the ban was put in place. This was intended to cover any losses Samsung might incur if Apple was unsuccessful in convincing the jury that Samsung’s tablet infringed on its patents. As that’s what happened, Samsung may eventually get some or all of this money.
The War Goes On
The battle between Samsung and Apple shows no signs of dying down any time soon. In December, Judge Koh will have a hearing to consider the many post-trial motions these two companies have filed. At this hearing, she will consider where to ban the sales of a number of Samsung smartphones. At this point, there are no tablets on the list of items to be banned.