Samsung may have lost its landmark case against Apple last week — with the verdict handing down a fine in excess of $1 billion – but there could be a fringe benefit to the ruling, as the company is said to be planning to appeal an existing US sales injunction on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet on the grounds of the verdict.
The news agency cites “a person close to the case” who tells them that, over the next few days, Samsung will file to have that injunction dissolved. Samsung has kept quiet on that particularly ruling but it hasn’t been shy in criticising the latest ruling for being “bad for US consumers.”
Larger issues are at play, however, and a number of inconsistencies with the ruling have been flagged. A post at Groklaw explains that the jury came to its verdict surprisingly quickly, making a number of questionable decisions, which include its take on the Galaxy Tab:
If it would take a lawyer three days to make sure he understood the terms in the form, how did the jury not need the time to do the same? There were 700 questions, remember, and one thing is plain, that the jury didn’t take the time to avoid inconsistencies, one of which resulted in the jury casually throwing numbers around, like $2 million dollars for a nonfringement.
Come on. This is farce.
The post suggests that the upshot of the issues could see the case could go “all the way to the Supreme Court”, which would certainly add a new layer of complication to the historic decision.
In the near term, the case is likely to give Samsung a good shot at getting the Galaxy Tab back on sale in the US despite it arguably being one of its most obvious ‘Apple-inspired’ devices.