Not all of the jury's verdict in the Apple v. Samsung patent trial was bad news for the Korean based firm. The jury, using that incredibly complex verdict form, found that the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
did not infringe on any of Apple's design patents for the iPad. The reason that is important is that in June, Judge Koh placed a preliminary injunction against sales of the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 tablet
and the Samsung GALAXY Nexus
phone. The injunction on the phone was later temporarily overturned
, leaving the one on the tablet still in effect.
Samsung is now expect to file a motion with the court to dissolve the preliminary injunction. But as with everything in this case, nothing is so simple. Even though the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 was ruled not to have infringed on Apple design patents, the jury did rule that it infringed on some of Apple's software patents
. Judge Koh can decide to overturn the verdict and rule that the tablet did infringe on the Apple iPad's design patents. Considering that she placed the preliminary injunction on the tablet pre-trial, there is every reason for Samsung to wonder if she would rule in its favor on a motion to dissolve that same injunction.
Samsung recently introduced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)
which is not affected by the preliminary injunction.