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Do you want to buy a Galaxy Tab 10.1? No? Well, that's pretty understandable, but for Samsung, a US sales ban on the tablet issued earlier this year has been a symbolic thorn in the company's side throughout its ongoing legal spats with Apple. Today, after a decision from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals indicating the issue was ripe for review, that ban was lifted.

Judge Koh, reviewing the issue on the grounds under which the injunction was granted, found that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was not infringing the patents which Apple based its injunction request on. This falls in line with the jury verdict on the Tab 10.1's non-infringement of Apple's design patents. The Tab 10.1 was found to infringe none of Apple's design IP, though it was deemed to infringe several of the company's software utility patents.

Apple, though, did not receive the injunction based upon those software patents. As such, Judge Koh was basically forced to lift a ban that could very well go back into effect in December on new grounds after final judgment on the matter is issued. Still, Samsung is probably enjoying this, admittedly small, victory, especially after the beating it took during the trial.

Court Order via The Verge

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  • Seth

    Oh boy, here we go again...

  • aatifsumar

    Will Samsung be compensated for potential lost sales (not that I can see people having bought the GTab 10.1)?

    • Goldenpins

      yes. 2.6 million.

      • aatifsumar

        Ouch. That's peanuts.

        • Goldenpins

          Just so your aware, Samsung might not see that money.. its being worked out. It was intended in-case they were harmed by the ban. So she might just be doing smoke and mirror tricks.

          • aatifsumar

            Imagine the swag they would find if someone burgled Koh's house. Apple devices everywhere.

    • Bariman43

      Yes. They're being compensated for loss of sales of an obsolete model of tablet. I mean, I would much rather have an OG Tab instead of a Tab 2, for sure. I mean, dat inferior processing power...

      • aatifsumar

        Tab 2 already has a leaked version of JB out for it right? Its the 7 incher.

  • Brandon Fletcher

    I went to the store to buy a Galaxy Tab 10.1, but I got confused and ended up with an iPad.

    • B.F.’s grand dad

      i bumped into a "woman" and called "her" Brandon Fletcher's mom, but "she" got confused and told me "she" is Brandon Fletcher's dad.

      • Brandon Fletcher

        Kids, this is why we don't logon to the internet using our real names.

        • B.F.’s grand dad

          Kid, thanks for categorizing as a kid as well as you are, as I'm 17 years older than your mom. Sorry, i mean your dad. I'm having some challenges to distinguish your mom and dad, like you can't tell which one is the galaxy tab 10.1 and which one is iPad

  • Freak4Dell

    I love how this biased judge tried to escape doing this, then had it handed right back to her. She had no option but to do the right thing.

  • toddh39

    I have a galaxy tab and love it., how come walmart has been selling them this whole time...?

  • toddh39

    I have a galaxy tab and love it., how come walmart has been selling them this whole time...?

  • mel897

    I bought a 10.1 V 2 because I had managed to smash the digitizer on my 10.1 Classic. Got it home and it was... slightly heavier and thicker, but not to notice... much uglier... cheaper overall look and feel... and most importantly did NOT support 5GHz Wifi. Listen folks, there is a reason the V2 is $150 cheaper! Returned it and broke the law... bought a 10.1 Classic (paid more than the V2) and now I'm happy again. Please don't turn me in...