It’s been a while since we’ve wrote about the high-stakes legal clash between Apple and Samsung, but that doesn’t mean that the two tech giants are sitting idle.
Samsung’s legal team has been in damage-control mode ever since a San Francisco jury decided that the Korean conglomerate has been willingly infringing Apple’s intellectual property. For Samsung, the silver lining in the decision concerned its tablet line, which the jury surprisingly left out of the list of infringing devices.
While the Koreans might be off the hook (at least for now) when it comes to their tablets, the thing is Apple won an injunction on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 prior to the trial. Right after the verdict was announced, Samsung asked Judge Lucy Koh to lift the injunction on the Tab 10.1, pointing out that the jury has not deemed the device to be infringing. But Koh denied the motion, because Samsung had already appealed the ruling. If you want to learn more, check out Florian Mueller’s far more knowledgeable explanations on Foss Patents.
Now Samsung has finally won a small, but encouraging victory in this case. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington has ruled yesterday that Judge Koh can reconsider the injunction over the Galaxy Tab 10.1. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the injunction will be lifted, but Koh has indicated that she will reevaluate it bearing in mind the jury’s decision.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 was launched in 2011, and since then, has been mostly superseded by the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Having it back in stores is not a triumph for Samsung by any mean. Nevertheless, for the embattled Koreans any victory is important at this moment.