Judge Koh lifts injunction on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1; Samsung could be awarded $2.6 million

Judge Koh lifts injunction on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1; Samsung could be awarded $2.6 million
Does the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (R) resemble the Apple iPad?

Does the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (R) resemble the Apple iPad?

Judge Lucy Koh on Monday night lifted the preliminary injunction on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1, allowing Samsung to once more offer the tablet in the United States. The judge had been responsible for the injunction in the first place when she granted Apple's motion for the ban back in June, ruling that a reasonable jury would find that the tablet copied its design from the Apple iPad.

The judge must then have been surprised when the 9 person jury ruled that the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 did not violate any of Apple's design patents, although the jury did rule that utility patents belonging to Apple were infringed upon. Still, it was not enough for the judge to continue banning the sale of the device. Apple had requested that the injunction stay in place until all of the post-trial motions from both sides were ruled on by Judge Koh. She ruled against Apple, and the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 was a free, uh, tablet.

During the patent trial, which Apple won and was awarded $1.05 billion from the jury, the Cupertino company had to put up a bond of $2.6 million to allow the court to ban the sale of the tablet. The bond is requested for situations just like this, when an injunction is reversed. The $2.6 million is supposed to represent the sales lost by Samsung while the tablet was under the ban. The Korean manufacturer could be awarded all or some of that money. And speaking of money, Judge Koh can still decide to triple the $1.05 billion awarded to Apple after a December 6th hearing.

Samsung has said that its financial position was not really affected by the ban on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1, Newer tablets have been released such as the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 and the Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 10.1".

source: Reuters

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32 Comments

1. Android1

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

Hahaha great news

11. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

From the front and from a glance all tablets look the same with the exception of the nook tablet. That is a risk that manufacturers make considering brand confussion. And when it comes to tablets, I guess the market can be confusing so samsung and other OEMs jsut need to find an interesting way to tweak their software so Apple doesn't feel threatened, start hot flashing like a crazy old bat with a thousand cats, and goes for the jugular like they clearly proved they were willing to do. I'm not going to lie, when I looked at that picture I thought I was looking at two iPads until I looked at the bottom of the screen on the Tab.

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If you mistake the Tab 10.1 for the iPad, you need to get your eyes checked.

16. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

How do you feel about cars?, TV's, stove, refridgerator?...boxes of cereal?...better yet dogs, cats, birds..you see, sometime there is ONLY ONE way a item can be made!! (SMH)..see below for more listing. arm, leg, finger, circle, head....etc

32. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Thats because people resort constantly to showing the iPad on its home screen, but the other device in its app drawer. This is intentional to try to convince the viewer that they're much more alike than they actually are.

14. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Koh is a turd! Samsung should just throw the USD $ 2.6 million in Apple and Koh's face and say "KEEP THE CHANGE!"

20. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iDiSagree, I think an iNjunction should be placed on judge (lower case on purpose) Koh (ho).

22. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

iAgree :) That is a good alternative too

21. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Better late than never, but considering the Tab 10.1's relative obsolecence now I'm not sure what the benefit is, unless making it an introductory budget model against ipad2 or something. Has Android 4.x even been made for it, or is it still stuck on Honeycomb?

2. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

And now let's bash the judge for doing her job!

6. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Personally, I never thought she was an Apple shill. She initially the the case out, but on appeal a higher court ordered her to rethink the decision. I think she didn't want this case, and made sure it wouldn't be decided in her court, by giving both sides ample grounds for appeal.

19. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Tedkord, She could had easliy ended this whole nightmare in a simple way, Since she couldn't tell the difference between a Rectangle and a Square item, all she had to do was to take the tablet to any 3rd grade classroom, on the board write Samsung is Rectangle --Apple is Square. Then allow the students in the classroom help her solve this GREAT mystery

28. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

LMAOOOOO...

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Not a lot of happy folks in Apple-land.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Even the blind people can tell that iPad and Galaxy tab is different, only Apple fans agrees with Apple's bulls**t lawsuits.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Perhaps blind people should form the jury pool for cases involving design patents?

23. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

That's a step in the right direction, perhaps the higher court giving it back to her snapped her out of her previous disposition and helped her make the more rational decision of lifting the ban. This shows that the overall design of tablets are very similar, and suing because you feel consumers will be confused is just idiotic. Put three 10" tablets in a row, and I bet anyone can tell the difference between each of them, especially if one of them has that one button on the bottom.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good for Sammy. I don't like all this banning stuff, it sucks.

25. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

If tablets cannot be rectangular, I dunno what else can it be. Just like a TV. If Apple invented TV, we will be all doomed.

27. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

still say shes a stupid a$$ judge from banning it in the first place must be enjoying her free craapple stuff

30. androidrockzz

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

take what you give (Apple)!!! what do u guys think, will judge triple or increase the amount for samsung after dec hearings or is she scared now?

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