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After being granted permission to sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, Samsung is continuing its winning ways in the States. A US court has denied Apple’s request to block the Korean tech giant from selling its popular range of Galaxy smartphones and tablets in the crucial America market.   

On Friday judge Lucy Koh of the US District court in San Jose turned down the Cupertino-based iPhone and iPad maker’s request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung. According to Reuters, Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung in the US during April, claiming that the company’s Galaxy smartphone and tablet series was copying its iPhones and iPads.

The ruling does not spell the end of this lawsuit though and Apple could still come up tops in the overall lawsuit. This is because Judge Koh stated during her ruling that Apple has indeed managed to establish a likelihood of success on the merits at trial when it comes to patent infringements by some of Samsung’s smartphones.

She added that Cupertino would in all probability be able to prove that Samsung has infringed one of its tablet patents, but stated that Apple did not prove that it was likely to overcome Samsung's challenges to the patent’s validity. According to Koh, Apple must establish both patent infringement as well as its validity to succeed in its lawsuit.   
 
In other patent related news an Australian federal court recently decided to lift a preliminary sales injunction imposed by a lower court on Samsung’s latest Galaxy tablet.

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