As both Apple and Samsung continue to duke out their legal battles in other countries, a U.S. judge recently rejected Apple’s request to block Samsung smartphone and tablet sales in the U.S. according to a report from Reuters. The ruling was decided upon on Friday afternoon in a California court, which brought an end to this part of the case.
The legal proceedings began in April after Apple claimed Samsung was misusing their patents for three of its smartphones and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The judge ruled the following:
It is not clear that an injunction on Samsung’s accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed.
Samsung welcomes today’s ruling denying Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction. This ruling confirms our long-held view that Apple’s arguments lack merit. In particular, the court has recognized that Samsung has raised substantial questions about the validity of certain Apple design patents. We are confident that we can demonstrate the distinctiveness of Samsung’s mobile devices when the case goes to trial next year. We will continue to assert our intellectual property rights and defend against Apple’s claims to ensure our continued ability to provide innovative mobile products to consumers.