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Samsung may seek to lift Galaxy Tab sales ban: court

NOT BACKING DOWN:The jury of a US appeals court found on Friday that Samsung’s Galaxy tablet computer did not infringe on design patents


Samsung Electronics Co may pursue its efforts to rescind a ban on US sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer that is part of a dispute with Apple Inc, a US appeals court said.

The court said on Friday that US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, can have jurisdiction to consider whether to lift the ban, which had been imposed before a patent-infringement trial that ended last month.

The jury found that Samsung did not infringe a design patent that had been the basis for blocking sales in the US.

Apple contends the ban should remain in place because the jury found the Galaxy Tab infringed other patents. Koh had refused to act because the ban was on appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

She said she might permit sales if granted jurisdiction.

The Federal Circuit said it is not taking a position on how Koh should decide the issue.

After the Federal Circuit posted its order, Samsung renewed its request with Koh to lift the sales ban and Apple filed opposition to the request, according to court filings on Friday.

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