US courts have temporarily banned the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet over design patent infringements, marking a key victory for Apple in the two companies' ongoing legal battle.
The ban will go into effect after Apple pays a $2.6m bond to protect Samsung from damages - should it later be proven that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not infringe on Apple owned patents.
The patents in question relate to the design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 device and does affect Samsung's updated Tab 10.1 2, or smaller 7in models.
Samsung has since indicated it will contest the ban.
"Samsung is disappointed with the US District Court for the Northern District of California's decision. We believe today's ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior technological features to consumers in the United States," a Samsung representative told V3.
"We will take necessary legal steps and do not expect the ruling to have a significant impact on our business operations, as we possess a diverse range of Galaxy Tab products."
Samsung has in the past managed to circumvent a previous ban on the device in Germany on design laws, by remodelling the device and renaming it the Galaxy Tab 10.1N.
The case is one of many patent infringement actions being mounted by Apple. Prior to its Galaxy Tab 10.1 victory a US judge dismissed a similar case being mounted by Apple against Motorola.
Apple's bullish patent claims have led many tech firms, including Samsung, to criticise the company, accusing it of forcibly blocking innovation.
"Apple sought a preliminary injunction of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, based on a single design patent that addressed just one aspect of the product's overall design," Samsung said.
"Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted."
Apple has refuted such accusations, reiterating its previous stance that it is simply protecting its intellectual property.
"It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging," an Apple spokesman told V3.
"This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we've said many times before, we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."
The news comes just after Microsoft unveiled its new range of Surface tablets. Apple declined to comment whether it would consider mounting similar patent infringement claims against the new Windows 8 tablets.
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