PARIS - A U.S. judge on Tuesday backed Apple Inc's request to stop Samsung Electronics selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States, Reuters reported.
The decision issued by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California gives Apple a significant win in the global smartphone and tablet patent wars.
Samsung's Galaxy touchscreen tablets, based on Google's Android operating system, have been going head to head against the iPad especially in Asia, although Android made little dent on the U.S. tablet market. Meanwhile, Microsoft and Google are also preparing tablet offerings.
The Tuesday decision, however, is by no means the last word on Googleís Android vs. Apple case. The latest injunction against Samsung comes less than a week after a federal judge in Chicago dismissed Apple's patent claims against Google's Motorola Mobility unit.
Expect further scuttlebutt in different territories in months to come.
Judge Koh in San Jose, California, had previously denied Apple's bid for an injunction on the tablet and multiple Galaxy smartphones. However, a federal appeals court instructed Koh to reconsider Apple's request on the tablet.
The courtís order to halt Galxy Tab sales should become effective, according to Reuters, once Apple posts a $2.6 million bond to protect against damages suffered by Samsung if the injunction is later found to have been wrong.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1
Itís widely reported that Samsung is likely seek to appeal Koh's ruling to a federal appeals court in Washington, DC, which has exclusive jurisdiction over intellectual property disputes.
"Apple sought a preliminary injunction of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, based on a single design patent that addressed just one aspect of the product's overall design," Samsung said in a 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."
An Apple spokeswoman reiterated a prior statement from the company, saying Samsung's "blatant copying" is wrong, according to Reuters.Related story:
-Survival Guide to the Mobile Patent Wars