U.S. Appeals Court Denies Samsung's Request to Allow Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales

Paul Lilly

One step forward and two steps back. That must be how Samsung feels as it dances with Apple in various courts around the world defending its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and other products the Cupertino outfit claims infringes on the look and feel of iPad and iPhone devices. The latest setback took place in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which denied two of Samsung's motions related to the preliminary injunction levied against the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

According to Foss Patents , the Federal Circuit squashed Samsung's motion to the stay the preliminary injunction for the duration of the appellate proceedings, effectively barring sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S. until the case is closed. In addition, the appeals court denied Samsung's motion to expedite the appeal; the only way Samsung can speed up the trial at this point is to file its own brief as quick as possible. The trial is scheduled for July 30.

This is in stark contrast to what's been going on in the U.K., where a judge recently ordered Apple to post a message on its overseas website for six months stating Samsung didn't copy the iPad's design. The judge also ordered Apple to print the same message in newspapers and magazines.

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