As Samsung tries to lift ban on Tab 10.1, questions remain.
This week, Samsung tried to convince the court in Northern California to lift the current ban on sales for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. At the moment, everything is now on hold as Judge Koh takes it under advisement. She is expected to make a ruling on September 20th on this most recent request. As expected, Apple is trying to continue the ban which as been in place since June. Apple is pointing to potential confusion if it is lifted and then put back in place at a latter date. Apple is also saying that since this is being appealed, it is no longer in Judge Koh’s court until the appeal is completed.
All of this is problematic for Samsung, but the bigger concern is whether Apple can get a ban on the Galaxy S3 as they are currently attempting to do. If they are successful, it will render one of Samsung’s best phones ever to the graveyard. That is not something that anyone who has a Galaxy S3 wants to see. As sales continue to grow, 3rd party companies are making accessories for the Galaxy S3. If there is no future for the phone, all of that will dry up immediately creating an even worse situation.
The immediate fears of a ban on the Galaxy S3 are an issue. It will be December before there is a hearing on December 8 to expand a ban list of Samsung phones. There could be a ban on some phones later this month. But given the recent decision against Samsung last month, who knows how the court may rule. These legal battles between the two companies is tying up the courts and impacting consumers. The latest threat has Samsung planning to sue Apple over 4G LTE patents that Samsung holds. If they follow through with that threat, we are going to see another long and drawn out court battle between the two giants. At some point, they need to step back and come to some sort of an arrangement and stop this ongoing war between the two.