Overruling the judge in a district court in California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said today that Apple could pursue an injunction on sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, an Android tablet that Apple has charged “slavishly copies” aspects of the iPad’s design.
In the earlier ruling, the district court had said Apple failed to show that it was likely to succeed on the merits of the case. While the district court found that Apple’s design patent could well be challenged as “obvious” and should never have been granted, a report by Reuters details that the appeals court disagreed.
This was a partial victory for Apple to pursue its case. The appeals court also ruled that the lower court was right to deny Apple’s requests for a preliminary injunctions connected to three other patents that would have stopped sales of Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Ironically, even as the two tech giants battle in court, a Samsung company that’s separate from the one that makes its phones and tablets is Apple’s main supplier of displays for the iPad.
Samsung countersued Apple after the first patent claims. Last month both Apple and Samsung agreed that their CEOs would participate in settlement talks aimed at trying to resolve the patent issues. But the case continues ahead of those talks.