Well, I’ll be… Contrary to what you might have heard, it looks like Judge Lucy Koh isn’t a paid Apple employee after all. The US Court Judge has effectively lifted the sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, as requested by Samsung. The tab was one of many defendants caught in a legal battle with Apple and while a jury ruled the Samsung’s tab didn’t infringe on any of Apple’s design patents, an injunction couldn’t be lifted as the case had been sent to an appeals court.
On Friday the Federal US Circuit Court of Appeals handed the case back to Koh, where the ban was lifted today. This doesn’t mean the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is completely in the clear. While the device wasn’t found in violation of Apple’s design patents, there were a few other Apple IP’s it was found guilty of. Another hearing is set for December so we’ll have to wait until then to learn of the Galaxy Tab’s fate although it could be argued, the tab has already reached it’s shelf life with consumers.