Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned

Samsung’s request to have the preliminary injunction against its Galaxy Tab 10.1 lifted in the United States has been dismissed, Reuters reports.

The ban was enforced last week after Apple won its bid to have the Korean company’s tablet sales halted for infringing a number of patents the Cupertino company holds for its iOS devices. It took Samsung just five hours to appeal the decision, and many of us had assumed that its appeal would be successful.

Earlier this week, however, U.S. judge Lucy Koh stood by her initial June 26 ruling, and rejected Samsung’s request to put the injunction on hold. Koh then rubbed salt into Samsung’s wounds by granting a pre-trial ban on its Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

As Reuters notes, the bans are unlikely to have a huge impact on Samsung’s sales, because the company has already introduced newer, upgraded models. The ruling is still hugely significant, however, simply due to the fact that pre-trial injunctions are rarely granted. The trial between Apple and Samsung in the U.S. will kickoff on July 31.

Samsung said in a statement that the injunctions “reduce the availability of superior technological features” for consumers in the U.S.:

“Samsung is disappointed with the court’s decision that denied our motion to stay. We believe today’s ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior technological features to consumers in the United States.”

Samsung does still have a chance at getting the injunctions lifted. The company also appealed to a federal appeals court in Washington, which could see the district court rulings overturned.

[via Reuters]