After Apple CEO Steve Jobs became convinced that Samsung stole his idea for a tablet, he decided to destroy the competition in a patent troll campaign. However, Apple did not have much luck with this after a local judge refused to give it an immediate injuction to ban the sale of Samsung’s product.
According to Reuters, the District court said that Apple failed to show that it was likely to succeed on the merits of the case.
Apple has appealed and now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said the judge in a district court in California had that wrong.
It decided that Apple could press its bid for an immediate injunction to block the sale of some tablets made by Samsung Electronics based on allegations of infringement of one patent.
The patent in question has to do with the design of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. While the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California decided that the design patent should not have been given and could be challenged as “obvious”, the appeals court disagreed.
It was not all good for Apple though. The appeals court also ruled that the lower court was right to deny Apple requested preliminary injunctions which would have stopped the sale of Samsung smartphones and tablets based on three other patents.
These include two patents that have to do with smartphone design and a third related to scrolling.