The decision is a major blow to Apple in its attempts to have its Korean rival’s products pulled from shelves across the world after claiming they “blatantly copied” the iPhone and iPad.
Judge Lucy Koh from the San Jose District Court, California, ruled that Galaxy products would not be banned in the US stating: “It is not clear that an injunction on Samsung’s accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed.”
Samsung spokesperson, Jason Kim said of the decision: “This ruling confirms our long-held view that Apple’s arguments lack merit.”
Whilst Apple has successfully managed to get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in Germany, this latest ruling is another knock to the firm’s ongoing legal battle against the Far-Eastern manufacturer. Last week, an Australian judge overturned an injunction that prevented Samsung from selling the latest Galaxy tablet in the country.
The ruling has come at just the right time for Samsung with the Christmas shopping season now in full swing. However, considering Apple has filed 20 cases concerning the Galaxy range across 10 countries the Galaxy range, it seems that the war is from far over.