“The Court agrees with Samsung that the sole basis for the June 26 Preliminary Injunction was the Court’s finding that Samsung likely infringed the D’889 Patent. The jury has found otherwise,” Koh’s ruling read.
“Thus, the sole basis for the June 26 Preliminary Injunction no longer exists. Based on these facts alone, the Court finds it proper to dissolve the injunction.”
Samsung welcomed the news, claiming that sales ban was an unnecessary measure.
“We are pleased with the court’s action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple’s design patent and that an injunction was not called for,” Samsung said in a statement.
By the way, Monday saw the news that Samsung filed a motion against Apple insisting that the next generation smartphone iPhone 5 had infringed some of the company’s patents.
The move is believed to mark the beginning of legal actions aimed at banning Apple’s product from sale in the US, a move which could cripple Apple’s business.
“We have always preferred to compete in the marketplace with our innovative products, rather than in courtrooms. However, Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition,” Samsung said in a statement.
The company went on, adding that it had “little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights”.
The patent war started last year when Apple sued Samsung in multiple countries, and Samsung countersued.
“The injunction on the Galaxy tablet had been put in place ahead of a month-long trial that pitted the iPhone maker against Samsung in a closely watched legal battle that ended in August with a victory for Apple on many of its patent violation claims,” Reuters writes.
However, the court has finally decided that the Korean electronics giant had not violated the patent that was the basis for the tablet injunction and Samsung argued the sales ban should be lifted.
The news comes a month later after Apple Inc. filed a court request asking to ban eight Samsung phones in the US.
The list of Samsung’s products sought to ban includes the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 (AT&T), Galaxy S2 (Skyrocket), Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile), Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge, and Galaxy Prevail.
If Samsung’s devices are banned, the effect on company’s sales will be negligible as its latest smartphones aren’t on Apple’s list of devices, “which will account for less than 1.4 percent of the Korean company’s profits next year”, said Mark Newman, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein.
According to the expert, the impact is estimated to be 6.3 percent in case the iPhone maker manages to broaden a ban to newer devices and block 80 percent of all Samsung phones. “Samsung can live to fight another day,” Newman said in a phone interview.
In August a US jury found that Samsung has copied some features of the iPhone and iPad and obliged the company to pay $1.05 billion in damages to Apple.