District Court Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that Apple's infringement claims were justified by the tablet's design similarities with the market-leading iPad. Koh noted, "Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products,"
A few high-fives will be exchanged in Cupertino as efforts to stunt sales of the competing Galaxy Tab look to be paying off. Such tactics are common place, though Apple was foiled in its recent bid to stop sales of the record-breaking Galaxy S3 smartphone.
But Judge Koh appears to be on Apple's side in the latest dispute, stating, "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 verdict unsurprisingly has the Korean firm disgruntled, and The Verge has reported Samsung's decision to swiftly lodge an appeal. A company statement in response to the injunction read, "We believe today's ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior technological features to consumers in the United States.
"Apple sought a preliminary injunction of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, based on a single design patent that addressed just one aspect of the product's overall design. Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted."
"We will take necessary legal steps and do not expect the ruling to have a significant impact on our business operations, as we possess a diverse range of Galaxy Tab products."