We mentioned the other day that Samsung was getting its day in court to (again) plead the Galaxy Note 10.1's case for being struck off the list of banned devices after the details of the big $1bn patent wars win for Apple effectively said it wasn't guilty of infringing Apple patents after all.
And whaddayaknow – Judge Lucy Koh has only gone and sided with Sammy (and what appears to be overwhelming common sense too), offering the Korean manufacturer a rare victory over Apple in a US court of law.
Apple emerged as the overwhelming victor in its recent US District Court legal tussle against Samsung over claims that a range of mobile devices released by the latter had infringed on a whole whack of Apple patents.
Yet while the overall win quite clearly went to Apple, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet – a device Apple had already secured an injunction against – was in fact ruled not to be in breach of Apple's patents after all, a decision that effectively disagreed with the injunction.
“The Court agrees with Samsung that the sole basis for the June 26 Preliminary Injunction was the Court’s finding that Samsung likely infringed the D’889 Patent,” Judge Koh said in her ruling yesterday.“The jury has found otherwise. Thus, the sole basis for the June 26 Preliminary Injunction no longer exists.”
“We are pleased with the court’s action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple’s design patent and that an injunction was not called for,” Samsung crowed in a statement.
And if you've enjoyed following the legal back-and-forth between the two tech giants, here's some good news: Samsung also yesterday filed papers to add the iPhone 5 to a second suit between the two companies, cranking up the fighting talk in the process.
“We have always preferred to compete in the marketplace with our innovative products, rather than in courtrooms,” Samsung said.
“However, Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition. Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.”
Ah, why can't we all just get along, eh?