It’s been a long, long war, but Apple finally got a break in its patent feud with Samsung. Court orders Samsung to stop selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States, leaving Apple’s iPad without a competitor, for now.
Innovation should be the rule that sets products apart in the IT business. Consumers’ opinions should alone decide which product is the best. When it comes to the ongoing feud between Apple and Samsung, consumers have decided that Samsung’s tabs are almost as better as Apple’s iPad. But that wasn’t enough. Apple wants the U.S. market only for itself.
So the intricate lawyer fight throughout four continents and dozens of countries has started a long time ago. Apple has been more than often silenced by numerous rulings against its request to have Samsung products banned from sale. The company finally got a break as a U.S. judge has finally backed its request and stopped Samsung Electronics from selling Galaxy Tab 10.1 in America.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said: “Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products”. However, Judge Lucy Koh herself has denied Apple’s request previously.
The ban against Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will become effective as soon as Apple posts a bond worth $2.6 million in case the ruling will be later on proved to be wrong. And obviously, Samsung will play the game and seek an appeal.
“Apple sought a preliminary injunction of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, based on a single design patent that addresses just one aspect of the product’s overall design” reads Samsung’s statement. “Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted”.
Truth be told, it would be nice if Apple could be just as determined in its search for innovation as it is in its attempt to get rid of all competitors over farfetched legal claims. Last week, another U.S. court dismissed its pledge against Google’s Motorola Mobility, as the judge ruled the injunction would harm consumers. I wonder which patent is Apple going to claim Microsoft has infringed when its Surface tablets will hit the U.S. market and literally rob Apple of a significant market share.