Last week, Apple suffered a pretty emphatic courtroom loss, when the last of 15 patent-related gripes with Motorola was tossed out by Judge Possner.
However, Team Cupertino has struck back with a decidedly major victory, this time scoring a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US of A.
The order reportedly becomes effective once Apple posts a $2.6 million bond, in order to protect Samsung in the case that the ruling is later overturned. Unsurprisingly, Sammo is expected to appeal the decision.
Judge Lucy Koh writes: “Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products.
“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.”
This case in particular is slightly different from the usual stuff, in the sense that it pertains to external design as opposed to technical junk.
A Samsung spokesperson warns: "Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted."