Apple failed to convince a U.S. judge to block Samsung Electronics from selling some Galaxy smartphones and tablets in the United States market. The rejection will deprive the iPhone and iPad maker of crucial leverage in a global patent battle between the two companies.
Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung was rejected by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose in a ruling released late Friday.
Apple sued Samsung in the United States in April remarketing the Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets of the South Korean company “slavishly” copies the iPhone and iPad.
“It is not clear that an injunction on Samsung’s accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed,” Koh wrote.
The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al, 11-1846.