California court bars sale of Samsung tablet in U.S.

Fourth Estate Cooperative Staff

San Jose, CA, United States (4E) – A federal court in California has issued an injunction against the sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh issued the relief sought by Apple Inc. on Tuesday evening citing that the Samsung product likely infringes on the iPad maker’s patent related to the design of the tablet PC.

The ban is effective upon Apple’s posting of a $ 2.6 million bond meant to compensate Samsung if the court later finds the injunction unnecessary. The hearing of the patent infringement case begins on July 30.

Koh’s order came after a federal appeals court heard Apple’s appeal on the judge’s earlier refusal to grant the injunction against the tablet and Samsung smartphones.

Samsung said it will appeal Koh’s decision.

The ban does not cover a new edition of the Samsung product, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 II.

Apple is accusing Samsung of copying the design and look of its iPad. While the iPad’s share of the global tablet market is 63 percent in the first quarter of this year, the counterpart product from Samsung is also gaining in sales making the Korean firm the main competitor of the American company.

The two companies are also locked in patent infringement disputes in other countries.

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