After months of forcing Samsung to scramble in courtrooms around the world, Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) was denied an injunction against sales of the Galaxy Tab in its own back yard on Friday following a U.S. court’s ruling. The case is far from over, but Samsung can breathe a little easier knowing it won’t face an injunction just as the holiday shopping season kicks in.
Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling denying the preliminary injunction surfaced late Friday night, according to Reuters. After initially appearing to favor Apple’s argument that the Galaxy Tab violates design patents on Apple’s iPad during court hearings, Koh ruled that Apple was not being harmed enough by the sale of Samsung’s tablets to warrant a preliminary injunction.
The judge is probably right about one thing: Samsung isn’t likely to sell too many of its Android tablets this holiday season even without the injunction. It will still have to defend itself against broader patent-infringement claims filed by Apple in the U.S. case, but paidContent’s Jeff Roberts showed us earlier this week just how difficult it would have been for Apple to win the preliminary injunction.