To say that Samsung had a rough August would be a massive understatement. The company lost a major patent battle against Apple to the tune of $1 billion, and now faces the possibility of a sales ban being brought against their devices. That being said, there were a few bright spots with Samsung winning patent battles in foreign courts. Another bright spot emerged just yesterday as the company won back the right to sell one of its more popular products again.
Ars Technica reports that US District Court Judge Lucy Koh, the judge who has presided over the previous Apple vs Samsung battles, has lifted the sales ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The sales ban was lifted because the jury in last month’s patent trial ruled that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 actually didn’t infringe on Apple’s design patents. After the ruling, Samsung motioned to have the sales ban lifted, but Judge Koh’s hands were tied as Samsung had already appealed the original sales ban decision to a higher court.
The US Federal Court of Appeals decided to return jurisdiction to Koh on Friday. Samsung took this as a chance to have the sales ban lifted once and for all. Koh obliged, and lifted the sales ban on Monday. Of course, Apple objected to Koh’s decision to lift the sales ban. The company argued that all post-trial motions should be resolved before the court decides on anything.
Apple may be angry over the sales ban being lifted, but the company must be livid after Koh decided to also keep the $2.6 million bond Apple posted to ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the first place. Samsung may now be entitled to the money if it’s found that the sales ban wrongfully harmed them in some way.
It’s a small win for Samsung, but an important one. They need this kind of momentum as they go into the next phase of the legal battle. Samsung is now arguing jury misconduct in last month’s decision. The case could go in some very interesting directions, and we’re just getting started. We’ll keep you updated on all the latest events in the latest and biggest legal battle to hit the tech world.