A U.S. judge rejected on Tuesday (Korean time) Samsung Electronics Co.'s motion to dissolve an injunction banning U.S. sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets.
Following a June 26 preliminary sales ban on the device, Samsung had requested the U.S. court to reverse the move after a U.S. federal jury verdict cleared the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from infringing Apple Inc.'s design patent.
Late last month, a U.S. jury, consisting of nine Silicon Valley residents, concluded Samsung infringed six Apple patents and ordered the company to pay US$1.05 billion in damages. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 design patent infringement claim was excluded from the ruling.
In the latest development, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who is presiding over the case between Samsung and Apple, called off a hearing requested by Samsung that was scheduled for Sept. 20.
Koh said the Aug. 24 jury verdict, which Samsung cited, is not "final" for appeal purposes and that the jurisdiction of the case has been deprived due to Samsung's appeal to the Federal Circuit, according to court documents.
Samsung voiced disappointment over the decision and reiterated its stance to continue its drive for innovation.
"We are disappointed by the court's decision. We will continue to take all appropriate measures to ensure consumer access to our innovative products," the company said in an e-mailed statement.
The two companies face a Dec. 6 hearing on Apple's request for a permanent ban on sales of eight Samsung devices in the U.S. (Yonhap)