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Federal judge rejects Apple's request for injunction against Samsung

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Monday rejected a request by Apple for a preliminary injunction against four Samsung [corporate websites] products including the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Judge Lucy Koh reasoned that the court does not have jurisdiction to grant Apple's motion for preliminary injunction and ban Samsung's products because Samsung has appealed the decision [opinion, PDF] of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) [official website] that remanded the case to the district court giving Apple another opportunity to ban Samsung's Galaxy products in the states. Until the CAFC completely reviews Samsung's appeal, the district court is not able to rule on the issue because it will change the status quo. Apple argues that the status quo should be set before Samsung's products entered the US market. On the other hand, Samsung responds that the status quo should be preserved.

In May, the CAFC partially reversed [JURIST report] the district court's refusal to grant a temporary injunction for Apple against Samsung. Apple's request for a temporary injunction was denied [JURIST report] by the district court in December. Apple filed a suit [JURIST report] against Samsung in April of last year alleging that Samsung committed ten patent infringements, two trademark violations and two trade dress violations by copying iPhone and iPad technology in making its "Galaxy" products.

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