Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Samsung loses appeal over Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 preliminary injunction

Samsung has lost its appeal over the preliminary injunction issued last week against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet. With that, since Apple has paid the $2.6 million bond it was required to submit in case the injunction was eventually ruled invalid, there will be no additional sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, at least until the completion of a trial scheduled to begin on July 30.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California rejected Samsung’s request to lift her June 26 sales ban on the tablet. Perhaps more importantly, days after that first preliminary injunction was issued, Koh imposed a second one, on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

In fact, both of those devices are rather old, but the Galaxy Nexus is Google's current developer phone, which the Android maker has been selling on its Play Store for $349, a very low price for a phone without a carrier subsidy (i.e., no contract). In addition, Sprint only began selling its own version of the Galaxy Nexus - a device for its still-to-come LTE network - in April.

Samsung said the following, in a statement. "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."

Google also gave away gift bags that included the Galaxy Nexus - along with a software load of Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) on them, one that has not yet been pushed to consumer versions. While we'd be far more concerned if the Samsung Galaxy S III, the manufacturer's latest iteration of its superphone, were to be banned, these back-to-back-to-back losses for Samsung are discomfiting for Android fans.

Speaking of the Galaxy S III, though, Apple is also seeking a preliminary injunction against that device, as well.

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