Samsung Galaxy tablets and smartphones are back on the store shelves after a US judge favored Samsung and allowed the company to continue selling their products until the case come into trial. The sales ban was lifted and customers can still get their Galaxy gadgets in time for the holidays.
This is a rare defeat for Apple, one of the big players in mobile phone and tablet market, who had been winning patent infringement cases here and there. Samsung, the Korean electronics company, was alleged to copy Apple’s technology- US Patent No. D618,677. The products in question are the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Infuse 4G and Droid Charge. This court battle is nothing new to both companies. They have been on each other’s neck in a fierce market competition and totaled 20 dispute cases in over 10 countries.
The motion for the sales ban was filed last July. Apple claims that Samsung copied the popular iPad’s patented design. By far, Samsung is the largest manufacturing company producing Android phones in the US. In a current survey, one out of four persons owns an Android phone.
As the legal battle continues, in the other part of the globe, Samsung won the injunction case against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia resulting to continued sales of the product. This story does not end here; Apple still stands to establish the validity of its claim against patent issues of Samsung Galaxy tablets. The case will still go into trial and the final verdict will dictate whether the said Samsung products will be taken off the shelves for good.