Samsung ordered to stop selling Galaxy Tab 10.1 in US
The latest round of the ongoing Apple v. Samsung court battle gives Apple the upper hand.
In the meantime, the US District Court of the Northern District of California will continue to inspect Appleâ€™s patents and compare them to Samsungâ€™s products, according to the Associated Press.Â
So far, the Tabâ€™s future doesnâ€™t look promising â€“ presiding Judge Lucy Koh said Apple â€śhas established a strong case on the merits,â€ť deeming the iPad and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 â€śvirtually indistinguishable.â€ť
Indeed, the latest iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 boast similar sleek industrial designs and functionalities. Both have been built to serve as work- and entertainment-friendly helpers as well as laptop rivals, and it doesnâ€™t help that theyâ€™re almost the exact same shape and size (the iPad has a 9.7-inch screen, while the Galaxy Tabâ€™s comes out at 10.1 inches).
Apple argues that â€śthe design and appearance of Samsungâ€™s forthcoming products and packaging are directly relevant to Appleâ€™s trademark, trade dress, and design claims,â€ť court documents say.
By comparison, tablets like the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7, which both cost $199, still tend to fall under the eReaders category. The iPad and the Galaxy Tab start at $499.
Judge Koh ordered Apple to post a $2,600,000 bond â€śto secure payment of any damages sustained by defendant if it is later found to have been wrongfully enjoined.â€ť
The two technology giants have been battling it out since April 2011, when Apple filed a suit alleging that â€śSamsungâ€™s Galaxy cell phones and computer tablets infringe Appleâ€™s trade dress, trademarks, and design patents.â€ť
With the release of Samsungâ€™s Galaxy S III â€“ which some say is also similar to Appleâ€™s slim iPhone 4S â€“ the war doesnâ€™t look like itâ€™ll be over anytime soon.
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