Samsung scored a major victory over Apple in court on Friday, Reuters reports.
In April, Apple started the war against Samsung in the U.S., claiming the Korean manufacturer’s Galaxy products were infringing on patents for the iPhone and iPad designs. Shortly after the first filing, the battle started to spread all over the globe, and more than 20 cases of Apple v. Samsung cases are now pending in 10 countries.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, decided to deny Apple’s request for an injunction to halt Samsung’s Galaxy products (including the Samsung Tab 10.1).
It is not clear that an injunction on Samsung’s accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed. Apple has established a likelihood of success on the merits at trial.
That statement makes it somewhat unclear if Samsung won a battle or Apple lost one. Apple’s spokesman, Kristin Huguet, said that Samsung’s “blatant copying is wrong,” while Samsung stated through their spokesman, Jason Kim, that “this ruling confirms our long-held view that Apple’s arguments lack merit.
The setback for Apple comes just weeks after the company failed to meet expectations in the first quarter with Tim Cook as CEO.
The decision adds pressure for both companies to reach a patent agreement. Even if Samsung may have won a battle, the war is far from over.