Apple fails again to ban Samsung tablets


The ongoing saga between Apple(s aapl) and Samsung over the latter’s Galaxy 10.1 tablets took another twist this week as US District Judge Lucy Koh refused for now to grant a preliminary injunction banning the devices.

The companies are tangled in complicated legal proceedings over whether the Galaxy infringes design patents related to Apple’s iPad. Koh’s new ruling, first reported by Bloomberg, said that Apple’s latest request for a ban was premature because an appeals court had not formally issued a mandate for her to reconsider.

This week’s ruling grows out of a small victory for Apple from May 14 in which the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Koh’s analysis of one of the design patents was flawed. In particular, it questioned Koh’s conclusion that the iPad design was obvious in light of a tablet prototype from 1994. You can decide for yourself (the design…

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