In August, a jury found that the Samsung tablet did not infringe on the design of the iPad. That led Koh to lift the ban this week. Koh also held on to a $2.6 million bond that Apple posted to pay “costs and damages” Samsung may have sustained from the ban, pending post-trial negotiations.
“We are pleased with the court’s action, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple’s design patent and that an injunction was not called for,” Samsung said in a statement.
Apple did not immediately answer a request for comment.
This is just the latest salvo in an ongoing battle between Samsung and Apple over the patents of some of their most popular smartphones and tablets. Just today, Samsung said it would add Apple’s iPhone 5 to another ongoing patent case, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Koh’s decision on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is good news for Samsung, though the former flagship device isn’t exactly the newest tablet on the block right now. In fact, it’s not even the newest tablet from Samsung by a long shot.
Since the Galaxy Tab 10.1 came out in 2011, Samsung has had plenty of follow-ups. For example, you can already pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. in the United States, as well as the 7-inch version of the same tablet and the Galaxy Note line of tablets and smartphones that come with their own styluses. Samsung’s also planning to launch the ATIV Tab tablet, one of the first to run Microsoft’s forthcoming tablet operating system, Windows RT.
It’s a deep bench of devices headed into the holiday season, though the Korean company will have to fight to maintain its second-place standing in global tablet market share.
According to an August report from IHS iSuppli, Apple’s iPad is still far ahead of the pack with 64.4 percent of global shipments. Samsung has 9.9 percent of the market.
The space is getting more and more crowded, with Google and Microsoft jumping into the hardware game with aggressive pushes for the Google Nexus 7 and the Surface tablet.
Analysts are expecting this holiday season’s tablet market to be a battle of the tech industry’s biggest names — Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft — and Samsung will have to work hard to remain a part of that consumer conversation.
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