I have bad news, good news, and news that goes both ways. The bad news: one of Apple's 8,000 lawsuits has finally borne fruit, and it's rather substantial. A US judge has issued a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, meaning that once Apple posts a $2.6 million bond, the Tab 10.1 will have to be yanked from store shelves. (That $2.6 million is in case the injunction is later reversed, so that Apple can compensate Samsung.)

Luckily, there's that other news. The news that goes both ways: the American legal system is @#$%ed (obviously), and not only stifles innovation, it clogs up the system for an ungodly amount of time. Which brings us to the good news: it took so long that the Tab 10.1 is now a year old and the 10.1's successor has been released (as have numerous competing tablets).



... Big win there, Apple.

[Source: Reuters, Engadget]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    Pyrrhic victory is Pyrrhic 

    • Monkiekitty

      Its not the first time they pulled this stunt won't be the last ... Apple is foe eating

  • Alternnocturn

    So glad precious tax dollars were wasted to bring Apple these absolutely f***ing pointless victories.

  • Doug Edey

    So if Samsung do win the case, they can get up to the whole $2.6million right? But in the mean time, the Galaxy Tab 2 is selling fine, and they would normally find the original sales are diminishing anyway.

    Almost feels like the Judge is helping Samsung to get more money here...

    • Law_Student

      No, the 2.6 million is a pretend number designed to make sure Apple is on the hook for something. If the injunction is deemed invalid at a later date, Samsung can recover the full cost of an improper injunction.  So, if yanking the 10.1 caused Samsung 10 million dollars in damages, then Apple is on the hook for that 10 million.  If they can't pay it because they go out of business (or something) then Samsung can recover at the least the 2.6 million from the bond.

  • Martin Rogers

    Thats OK the TAb 10.1 is old and i dont like it compared to the TAB2 . ive got my s3 from ATT so im happy ... Apple can well turn in to vinegar

    • http://www.facebook.com/etanas Ed Tanas

      Actually they downgraded the back camera to VGA on the newer tab (Tab 2 10.1) , they are trying to push the Note 10.1 to be a replacement for the Tab and the Tab 2 10.1 is meant as a cheaper alternative to the new Note 10.1.

  • Lsx69

    I guess Apple is feeling some form of vindication after that major loss to Motorola then again its against something that's already outdated, got a sequel in full swing and a bunch of other tabs in the same size category are already doing their thing as well. Way to go, o ye of the "good artists copy, great artists steal" foundation

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    To a certain degree, I actually don't mind Apple suing Samsung for the look of their devices. See, if I bought an Android device, I wouldn't want it to look like an iPhone or iPad. I had numerous non-tech savvy friends who told me they didn't want an iPhone just because too many people had it. Just look at the Galaxy S line -- it went from being an iPhone look-a-like to how it looks now with the S3. Some people might hate the look of the S3, but I absolutely love it, especially the blue one and it looks nothing like the iPhone, which is great.

    • NemaCystX

      isn't it nice to have choice?

      not to mention, a different design than what everyone else carries, yeah, I'd rather be in a world where everyone had the option to use a different device, not a world where everyone carried the same one.... B O R I N G

    • Doan

      My Vizio LED TV has a square black face just like my grandmother's Sharp LED.  Should Sharp sue Vizio for making a product that looks to much like theirs?

      • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

        No, because other companies are not whinny bitches like apple.

  • NemaCystX

    F$%^ apple and the hipster s#$% they rode in on...

    I'm surprised they haven't gone after Asus yet, Prime and Infinity have similar front looks

    • ssj4Gogeta

      In that they have a bezel and a screen? I wonder if they also gave Apple the patent for a keyboard with keys.

  • tBs_Battousai

    Rather than pull them off of the selves where they can't sell them they'd be better off dropping the price to $100 and have a fire sale... that way they wouldn't be in stores any more and would aid uptake of Android tablets...

  • Ro1224

    So glad I picked up a GTab2 when I did. I could've added an iPad to my other Apple products but I simply found that the GTab like my android phone offered me more than an iDevice. All this litigious activity is disturbing.

  • Raphaël Briand

    Why is the new tab cheaper than the old one?

    • CeluGeek

      Because contrary to what was reported, The 10.1 Galaxy Tab 2 is not the successor to the original 10.1 GTab. The original 10.1 Galaxy Tab was a high-end tablet that really competed with the iPad 2 in features. The 10.1 Galaxy Tab 2 is a midrange tablet that seems like a downgrade when compared to the original GTab. The true successor to the original 10.1 Galaxy Tab is supposed to be the Galaxy Note 10.1.

  • andrew__des_moines

    This is called "lawfare", and it is very effective.  While Apple won't profit directly, they can dissuade competition -- not based on innovation -- but on a shotgun legal approach.  Yes, this should not be possible in our legal system; but like so many things, follow the money.  In this case, you will find the very politically connected trial lawyers reaping the benefits.

  • Sven Enterlein

    I wonder if the judge's decision signature reads "Sent from my iDevice"

    • Sven Enterlein

      But seriously, patenting scrolling, pinch-to-zoom and other touchscreen gestures is obscene. I understand that fancy things like the "scrolling beyond the list items" or whatever are special and might deserve a patent but come on. Next they want to patent keyboard shortcuts.

  • Robert Jakiel

    Seriously?  Fuck Apple.


  • AppleFUD

    Guess Koh didn't read Posner's decision. . . or there's something else going on here.

  • Kellic

    I want to burn Apple HQ to the ground.

    • Derp

      Well, you just made a watch list. Hope you've made some attempt to clear your history from all the "pipe bomb" and "how to make homemade explosives" searches

  • Kellic

    "American legal system is @#$%ed (obviously)"

    You can thank Republicans who are cock blocking judges from being appointed because they consider anything Obama does to be bad.  As such we are seriously lacking the appropriate level of judges nation wide.

    • aiden9

      The legal system has been a screw up for a long time, much longer Obama's short 4 years in office. But hey lets take this as a chance to bash one political party even though the vast majority of politicians, regardless of political party, are incompetent fools more concerned about being re-elected and then doing what ever they want. 

    • DrewNusser

      Isn't Apple vs Android enough of a religious battle?  We don't need to bring politics in on this one.

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  • Greg

    I'm still waiting for Apple to patent 'Fingers' as the interface method for all touch screen devices...

  • John O’Connor

    FTW. I hope they end up releasing the bond to Sammy when common sense comes in

  • Adew Faw

    I think these lawsuits are promoting innovation ...for lawyers!