Samsung and Apple have been locked in a legal battle that seems to have been going on for quite some time. The worst part is that neither side seems to have scored any significant wins. Now, Apple is trying to have certain Samsung products banned in U.S. The company had tried earlier but was refused a preliminary injunction by a District Court.
The whole thing started back in February. Apple tried to get a preliminary injunction against four Samsung products, including its flagship tablet Galaxy Tab 10.1, which it alleged were infringing upon Apple’s patents. However, according to the District Court, Apple failed to show how the sales of these devices will irreparably damage Apple in any way.
Naturally, Apple was not willing to let go yet. It took the case to Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). CAFC, after considering all the facts and statements, seems to side with Apple on this one and thinks that Apple’s tablet design patent is quite unique and if indeed Samsung’s tablet has ripped off the design, it may be an infringement.
Out of the four patents that Apple alleged were infringed, CAFC sided with the District Court on the ruling regarding three of them. Its the ruling on Apple’s tablet design patent because of which the court has allowed Apple to continue with the case. Based on this, CAFC has found faults with the decision of the District Court and has now allowed Apple to go forth with the pursuit of a preliminary injunction against Samsung.