Apple Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet

Apple has won a court order blocking US sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1″ tablet as Reuters reports Judge Koh has granted the Cupertino-based company’s request to block sales. Details are a little vague at the moment, but we know it’s a preliminary injunction — meaning that if Samsung eventually wins the case, the injunction will lift and sales will immediately resume.

According to All Things D, who received a copy of the Judge’s order, Apple was granted the injunction due to the strength and merits of their case providing that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is “virtually indistinguishable” from the iPad’s design. Furthermore, Judge Koh ruled that because Apple and Samsung are direct competitors in the tablet space and “design mattered more to customers in making tablet purchases,” Apple could be irreparably harmed by Tab 10.1 sales. These two factors outweighed any hardship suffered by Samsung, leading to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction.

As of this morning, Samsung has already filed an appeal, taking just five hours to do so after the Judge’s order came down.

Engadget, All Things D

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  • Xzx

    Competition using the courts instead of consumer demand. Apple is harmed by proprietary cables and accessories, restrictive app development and market forces/competition. If you can’t beat your competitors, take them to court.

    All the more reason to completely avoid Apple products. 

  • Get_at_me_banana

    Apple is a hater!

  • passion thug

    This is just one more reason why I would never buy any apple products. Instead of stepping their game up at all, instead they just sue the competition that is threatening. Its ridiculously childlike. 

    • I am an avid fan of both companies.  Apple can’t be blamed for trying to protect their brand and products.  Samsung can’t be blamed for trying to come up with a formula to stir up sales on their end.  It’s a definite gray area in our patent laws and in what intellectual property really consists of.

  • Cybersedan

    Plain and simple, it Apple makes it, I don’t buy it. A galaxy tab is “virtually indistinguishable” from an Ipad, to who Stevie Wonder?

    I guess by that matter so is Samsung Tv vs Sony or Panasonic, this is pure garbage. The patent system is broken, and the company with the deepest pockets is using it to limit a consumers choice. I don’t care what product or OS you prefer this should anger you.

  • The patent is so damn broad. It is funny how you can sue over a basic shape. Besides the galaxy tab 10.1 is old and galaxy tab2 is already out. It not even that big of a deal. 

  • Mimrixmike

    Totally agree. This is crap. Apple has replaced innovation with legislation. I avoid all things apple like the plague and this is exactly why. Hope they burn in hell

    • ChadBroChillz

      Apple still innovates as much as any company. They just have expensive lawyers that they would rather be doing work instead of lolly gagging around.

      • Xavier

        yea…they’re making an innovation in sueing for everything!!!!

  • Unconnected

    I think Sony Should sue Toshiba because their TVs look the same.

    Where is this sort of case going to be in 20 years?  Hopefully on the scrap heap of history and anybody can create a tablet that, well, looks like a tablet (or a PADD from Star Trek circa 1966).

  • Xavier

    lol Apple….sue the world!!! lol

  • Madeuce

    Apple is the biggest batch of wormy apples ever.

  • Piotr Madej

    Apple needs to die now, not later but now, this instant

  • RevoWorld

    Do Galaxy tab 10.1 has button at front screen?

  • gwhyte01

    who determines that we can’t tell them apart.. that judge needs to get some of us lined up in the courtroom and ask us one by one with the everything covered up except the screen….with the screen powered off i can still tell which is which……this judge needs glasses. patent office are dumbasses, and now the itc are dumbasses too.

  • JB

    This whole lawsuit thing is getting pretty long in the tooth. Last I checked, build qualities are different in both devices. The Tab is longer because of the bigger screen size. and there’s a home button on front of the iPad.. Retailers go out the way by segregating Apple products from everything else (I’m sure by Apple’s direction) as it has its very own section in all the stores I’ve been to. Hell, even online stores differentiate the products by saying “iPads and Tablets”. 

    I love Apple products, but I hate they way they are going about things… Clearly Samsung’s reach is getting long, so Apple is trying to throw a monkey wrench in their plans of domination. But with the Note 10.1 and the Tab 2 10.1, it seems odd that this injunction would even go through, especially since this same judge let Samsung sell the S III stateside for now (unless this was to make Apple happy)…

  • Leave it to a……  well let me not bring gender or race in to this. But you got to be kidding, this judge  cant tell the difference between the two.  Put a piece of glazed tile in front of her maybe she will think that’s an ipad too.    Ridiculous.