Californian federal court finds for Apple in patent dispute with Samsung.
In the latest twist in a tortuous saga, Judge Lucy H Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose division has banned the sale of the Tab or any similar product on the grounds that it is substantially similar "in the eyes of the ordinary observer" to Apple's iPad.
Apple took action against Samsung over an alleged infringement of Design Patent No. D504,889, which refers to the design of the device.
Needless to say, this is far from the end of the matter. Samsung will appeal, and Apple has been ordered to post a bond for $2.6 million towards any damages if it is decided that Samsung was wronged.
It is just one victory in a tit-for-tat series of lawsuits between the two giants of the handset space, with Apple suing over design and UI issues and Samsung suing back over issues to do with the way the devices connect to networks.