U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple’s request to block sales of Samsung’s iPad competitor, the Galaxy Tab. The decision comes one week after a Samsung petition to rehear the patent case was denied.

According to Koh, “although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products.” The report shows that the injunction will be effective once Apple has put up a $2.6 million bond set aside for Samsung if the sales ban is later found to have been in error.

The Cupertino California company won an appeal from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit last month that reopened the company’s bid for a sales ban against its rival. The court disagreed with Koh’s ruling of Apple’s design patent being “obvious” Following the appeal; Apple re-filed its motion against the Galaxy Tab. At this point, Apple was told that it would have to wait until the formal ruling from the CAFC was handed down to the District Court. Samsung tried to argue that its 4G tablet was not competing directly with the 3G-equipped iPad 2 but the line of reasoning proved to have no effect.

The recent injunction represents a significant win for Apple in the U.S. Previously, Apple successfully argued for temporary injunctions in Australia and Germany. Samsung managed to dodge the injunction in Germany by releasing the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N while the Australian ban was overturned last November. The battle between the two tech giants will continue but for now, Apple managed to take the lead.

Source: Reuters