If you’ve been thinking about a Galaxy Tab 10.1, now would be a good time to buy one. Once U.S. retailers sell their current supplies they will probably not be able to get any more, at least for a while. California federal judge Lucy Koh has ordered a preliminary injunction prohibiting sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, reversing her earlier decision.
Apple claims that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 copied the design of the iPad. With a 10.1 inch display, the Samsung tablet is actually a bit bigger than the newest iPad, but it weighs less. Visually, the two products are strikingly similar, and that was the basis for Apple’s legal claims.
Samsung says it will appeal the ruling. The company says it does not expect Judge Koh’s decision to have a significant impact on its business because it has other Galaxy Tab products that are not impacted by the ruling. Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab 10.1 II last month, a product which was designed to circumvent Apple’s patent infringement claims.
How much could the injunction cost Samsung? $2.6 million is a rough estimate – that’s the amount the court is requiring from Apple before the injunction takes effect. If a higher court reverses the decision, the money will be used to compensate Samsung for its losses.
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