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Samsung ‘disappointed’ at US judge’s tablet decision

Published on Sep 20, 2012 12:17 PM
 
An employee holds up a Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab tablet computer (left) and an Apple iPad as he poses at a store in Seoul on Aug 27, 2012.  A jury declared on Aug 24 that Samsung should pay Apple US$1.049 billion (S$1.39 billion) in damages for illegally copying iPhone and iPad features. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - Samsung Electronics said on Thursday it was "disappointed" at a United States (US) judge's refusal to lift a ban on US sales of its tablet computer as it fights a long-running global legal battle with arch-rival Apple.

A California jury declared on Aug 24 that the South Korean electronics giant should pay Apple US$1.05 billion (S$1.29 billion) in damages for illegally copying iPhone and iPad features for its flagship Galaxy S smartphones.

But the jury said Samsung did not abuse design patents that were the grounds for a temporary ban - placed by US District Court Judge Lucy Koh in June - on Galaxy Tab 10.1 device imports.

However, Ms Koh wrote in a ruling on Wednesday that she would grant Samsung's request to lift the ban if she could, but no longer had authority to make the call since the firm appealed to a higher court to have the ban overturned.

 
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