An American court has applied a preliminary injunction to the sale of Samsung’s first Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The ban applies to the USA and relates to a patent dispute lodged by rival tablet manufacturer Apple, which has to pay a $2.6m (£1.67m) bond to enforce the injunction, as a guaranteed form of compensation to Samsung should the patent dispute prove fruitless for Apple. Ironically, the ban does not apply to the latest version of the Samsung tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 II.
The actual patent dispute case is scheduled to begin in California on 30th July 2012. Colleen Chien, a professor at Santa Clara Law in Silicon Valley, commented on the granting of an injunction in light of the fact that the case has not yet begun: “The relief being given to Apple here is extraordinary … Preliminary injunctions are rarely asked for and rarely granted.”
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