The Straits Times
Published on Sep 20, 2012

Samsung ‘disappointed’ at US judge’s tablet decision


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.