Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc, recently scored a considerable victory in its long-drawn patent battle against South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung, when a U.S. judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the country.
US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, Calif., issued the injunction saying Samsung has no right to try to win the race unfairly.
Pronouncing her verdict, Judge Koh said, “Although Samsung has a right to compete, but it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products.”
However, the judge also ordered the Cupertino firm to sign a $2.6 million bond against possible damages if the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 computer eventually is not found infringing on Apple’s patents. The injunction can take effect as soon as Apple posts the $2.6 million bond.
However, lawyers for Samsung filed a petition on the very next day of the ruling, asking the court to suspend the preliminary injunction. The South Korean firm is challenging the injunction on a number of points, including that the evidences provided by Apple are stale.
Apple and Samsung have long been suing and counter suing each other in several countries of the world, apparently as a part of their respective efforts to dominate the lucrative the global gadgets market.