Apple has been fighting in courtrooms around the world for nearly a year to impose an injunction against numerous Samsung products, claiming they have been directly copied from its own original designs, like the iPad and iPhone.
Judge Koh commented on the case and her ruling, saying that Samsung is “competing unfairly” by saturating the market with products that are infringing on the designs of others.
“Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products”, Koh said.
“While Samsung will certainly suffer lost sales from the issuance of an injunction, the hardship to Apple of having to directly compete with Samsung’s infringing products outweighs Samsung’s harm in light of the previous findings by the Court.”
Website AllThingsD is reporting that, the injunction will start as soon as Apple posts a US$2.6 million bond to protect Samsung, in the event that the injunction is later determined as wrongly issued.
In Apple’s camp, a company spokeswoman commented on the matter:
“This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”
The soon-to-be imposed injunction will apply only to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 and not the newer version just released by Samsung.