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The number of ereaders may go down by one.  As a legal matter, this granting of a preliminary injunction is quite unusual.  Such an injunction is only granted if the court thinks that it is likely that a permanent injunction will be granted after a full hearing.  From the Reuters report:

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, had previously denied Apple’s bid for an injunction on the tablet and multiple Galaxy smartphones. However, a federal appeals court instructed Koh to reconsider Apple’s request on the tablet.

“Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products,” Koh wrote on Tuesday, adding the order should become effective once Apple posts a $2.6 million bond to protect against damages suffered by Samsung if the injunction is later found to have been wrong.

According to Boy Genius Report this won’t have a major impact, however, because Samsung has introduced a new verstion of the tablet, the Galaxy Tab2 10.1 and retailers will be allowed to sell units that are currently in inventory.


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