Samsung's Galaxy Tablets Infringe On Apple's Patents Says US Judge

A US judge agreed with Apple's claim that Samsung's Galaxy tablets infringe on their iPad-related patents. According to Reuters, this comment was made as part of an injunction request by Apple.

District Judge Lucy Koh stopped short of granting Apple an injunction that bans the sale of the Galaxy tablet in the US. She believed Apple's one utility patent was not grounds for an injunction, but will consider the possibility of an injunction based on Apple's three design patents. It will be up to Apple to prove that these patents are valid and that Samsung has infringed upon them. A formal order will issued "fairly promptly" she said.

This may not be the outcome Samsung wanted, but it's better than an earlier ruling in Australia. On Thursday morning, an Australian judge granted Apple an interim injunction that'll ban the sale of the Galaxy Tab. This injunction will remain in place while the judge considers the issue of infringement. [Reuters and CNET]