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A court decision has finally gone Samsung’s way in its patent infringement case against key rival Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in San Jose, California. A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that the Korean company was allowed to try and get a reversal on a U.S. sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. But while the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington issued an order granting U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh authority to rule on the case, it added that would not take a position on how Koh should decide the issue.
The ban on the tablet was imposed before a patent-infringement trial that ended last month in a jury verdict in favor of Apple. However, the jury found that this particular tablet did not infringe the design patent that had been the basis for the block. Koh had earlier refused to take a decision, citing lack of jurisdiction.
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Apple was awarded more than $1 billion in damages in the ruling last month, but last week, Samsung alleged jury misconduct and filed a request demanding a new trial. Samsung’s allegations revolve around jury foreman Velvin Hogan, who said in interviews after the trial that he had used his expertise in patents to guide fellow jurors’ decisions on what constituted prior art in intellectual property cases.
Apple said Samsung’s attacks on the jury were “baseless” and that its “jury misconduct motion [was] frivolous on its face.”
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