Last week, Samsung was handed down a couple of unexpected verdicts in a matter of days – two injunctions in the U.S. against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone – in a patent-based trial initiated by Apple. The South Korean company has appealed both decisions almost immediately after being granted, but it looks like Samsung will have a tough time fighting Apple in the region.
The same judge that granted the injunction, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, has already rejected the first appeal over the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban, and we can’t but wonder whether the second appeal will have the same faith.
For Samsung, hope is not lost though, as the company can appeal the decision in federal appeals court in Washington, DC, “which has exclusive jurisdiction over intellectual property disputes.”
However, things aren’t looking great for Samsung as the company has registered its third consecutive loss in U.S. court against Apple, with the trial between them set to start on July 30, in just a few weeks from now.
Apple and Samsung are suing and countersuing each other in 10 countries in over 30 distinct patent-based cases, with the former winning the most favorable rulings so far, including various other injunctions against Galaxy-branded devices in Europe and Australia (admittedly the injunction in Australia has been turned). But, evidently, the U.S. lawsuit is of utmost importance for both companies, as America is one of the most important markets for Apple and Samsung.
Here’s what Apple and Samsung representatives said about this recent court decision:
“Samsung is disappointed with the court’s decision that denied our motion to stay. We believe today’s ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior technological features to consumers in the United States,” Samsung said in a statement. […]“This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas,” the [Apple] spokeswoman said.
Reuters also reports that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunctions will have minimal impact on Samsung’s shipments volumes when it comes to tablets, as Apple controls the tablet ecosystem in the region. Samsung sold 1.6 million tablets in the first quarter of the year, while Apple sold 13.6 million iPads during the same time. These numbers give Apple 63% of the market, compared to Samsung’s 7.5% share.
But these injunctions, if upheld in future, may bring further troubles to Samsung, especially since its 2012 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3, is also targeted by Apple.
We’ll be back more details on this Apple vs Samsung predicament in the following days, as the Galaxy Nexus appeal decision should be made public. And let’s not forget that Google is also part of this conflict now, as the Search giant has recently confirmed it will help Samsung in its legal battles with the iPhone maker. Are you going to #BoycottApple?