|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Patant wars take a bad twist
27 June 2012 Last updated at 04:50 ET
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales banned by US court
Apple iPad and Galaxy Tab Apple and Samsung have accused each other of
copying aspects of their devices
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A court has banned sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the US
while it decides on the firm's patent dispute with Apple.
Apple has claimed that Samsung infringed its design patent and copied
the look of its popular device, the iPad.
The Samsung tablet is considered by most analysts as the biggest rival
to Apple's iPad.
The ban does not apply to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 II, the tablet's new
The trial for the case is scheduled to begin in California on 30 July.
"Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to
compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products," said
US District Judge Lucy Koh.
The judge had previously denied Apple's appeal for an injunction on the
Galaxy tablet and smartphones, but was asked by a federal appeals court
to reconsider Apple's request on the tablet PC.
In an emailed statement to the BBC, Samsung said that it "will take
necessary legal steps" and that the ruling was unlikely to have a
significant impact on its business.
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They are going to use every legal manoeuvre they can, including
patent battles, to keep each other out of the marketâ€
Tim Charlton Charlton Media
The two rivals are involved in a variety of legal cases in various
countries across the globe amid claims and counter claims of patent
While Apple had accused Samsung of copying its design and look, the
South Korean firm has alleged that Apple infringed its patents relating
to the way phones and tablet PCs connect to the internet.
Analysts said the order passed by the judge was a significant
development in the continuing legal battle between the two companies.
"The relief being given to Apple here is extraordinary," said Colleen
Chien, a professor at Santa Clara Law in Silicon Valley.
"Preliminary injunctions are rarely asked for and rarely granted."
Apple and Samsung are two of the biggest manufacturers of tablet PCs and
smartphones in the world.
The success of Apple's iPhone and iPad has seen the firm recently become
the world's most valuable company.
It sold 37.04 million iPhones in the three months to 31 December 2011,
more than twice as many during the same period a year earlier.
Its sales for the iPad also more than doubled during the period to 15.43
Meanwhile, Samsung has enjoyed considerable success in the sectors with
its Galaxy range of products. The company, however, does not provide a
breakdown of its sales data.
The demand for tablet PCs and smartphones is likely to grow even further
in the near term.
Analysts said that given the growth potential, the two firms were using
every possible tactic to ensure that they capture a bigger share of the
"They are going to use every legal manoeuvre they can, including patent
battles, to keep each other out of the market," Tim Charlton of Charlton
Media told the BBC.