US judge bans Samsung tablet sale

US judge bans Samsung tablet sale

A judge in the US has banned the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country after Apple was successful in the its request for an injunction as the long-running patent battle between the tech giants continues.

The injunction preventing the sale of the tablet is a major blow for Samsung after its device was beginning to gain ground on the iPad in the US.

US district judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, had previously denied Apple's bid for an injunction on the tablet and multiple Galaxy smartphones, however, a federal appeals court instructed Koh to reconsider Apple's request on the tablet.

The order will become effective once Apple posts a $2.6 million (£1.6 million) bond to protect against damages suffered by Samsung if the injunction is later found to have been wrong and the case is lost.

It is likely that Samsung will appeal Koh's ruling to a federal appeals court in Washington, DC, which has exclusive jurisdiction over intellectual property disputes.

The news comes after a court in the Netherlands ordered Apple to pay damages to Samsung for patent infringements.