Summary: A U.S. appeals court gives Apple an opportunity to see Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet banned from store shelves. If Apple proceeds, it could shape next week’s settlement talks.
Apple has been given the go-ahead to seek a sales injunction on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, which would see the tablet banned from U.S. stores.
The two companies are set to attend settlement talks next week. Apple’s next move could shape whether the settlement talks will succeed or fail.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said the lower district judge in California had wrongly decided that Apple’s design patent would likely be proved valid. The court also said a sales ban should be imposed until a trial can be held.
The Cupertino-based smartphone and tablet maker could demand an immediate block on Samsung’s tablet sales. If Apple pressed for a ban, it could signal its move to continue its acrimonious litigation against Samsung. If it holds off, it could mean the company is willing to negotiate on ending the year-long battle.