U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled against Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction on Samsung’s smartphones in a rather important episode of the lawsuit between the two companies. Apple filed suit against Samsung in the U.S. back in April for “slavishly” copying the iPhone’s design.
Late Friday Judge Lucy Koh rejected Apple’s request for banning sales of three Samsung Galaxy smartphones in America. The Judge said that “it is not clear that an injunction on Samsung’s accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed”. “This ruling confirms our long-held view that Apple’s arguments lack merit” said a Samsung spokesman while Apple only commented that Samsung’s “blatant copying is wrong”.
While Apple might still be in for a win in the bigger picture, Samsung has managed to win yet another victory over Apple. The denial of an injunction for Galaxy phones could very well be used by Samsung in its other cases where Apple brought the company to court, even if a U.S. court ruling is not recognized by courts of other countries.