Will Samsung eventually have their day in the sun?
For people that have been following the fighting between tech giants Apple and Samsung, the last few months have been kind to Apple. A few months ago, a California court in America ruled in favor of the iPhone maker and blocked Samsung from introducing some of their products into the US mobile market.
Today however, it looks like that trend might be about to change. The Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington ruled on Friday that a lower court should reconsider the sales ban against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, a decision given in favor of Apple in a patent dispute with the South Korean electronics maker a while back.
The injunction was originally put in place ahead of a month-long trial that pitted Apple against Samsung in a closely watched legal battle that ended with a huge win for Apple last month on many of its patent violation claims. Among some of the claims was that Samsung had copied functionality from their vertible iPad line.
The jury eventually found that Samsung had not violated the patent which was the basis for the tablet injunction and Samsung argued the sales ban should be lifted. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said she could not act because Samsung had already appealed.
In its ruling on Friday, the ruling allows Koh to now consider the issue.
This little ray of hope for Samsung comes just one month before the South Korean corporation is expected to unveil the second generation of one of its most successful devices, the stylus-equipped Note. The ruling also limited the amount of mobile devices Samsung could introduce into the US market, which had a lot of carriers and retail locations wondering about the upcoming holiday tech sales season.
US Carrier AT&T is just one of the carriers looking to beef up its holiday offerings with several Samsung products, including the Note 2. Verizon Wireless already carries several iterations of Samsung's Android-based phones, and with the lifting of the ban, could see a lot more Samsung products making their way into the holiday sales figures for carriers that are counting on gadget filled product lines to bring in customers.