“Apple failed to convince a U.S. judge to block Samsung Electronics from selling Galaxy smartphones and tablets in the U.S. market, depriving the iPhone and iPad maker of crucial leverage in a global patent battle between the two companies,” Dan Levine reports for Reuters. “In a ruling released late on Friday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California denied Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung.”

“Apple sued Samsung in the United States in April, saying the South Korean company’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets ‘slavishly’ copies the iPhone and iPad,” Levine reports. “But on Friday Koh rejected Apple’s bid to ban sales of three smartphone models, as well as the Samsung Tab 10.1. ‘It is not clear that an injunction on Samsung’s accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed,’ Koh wrote. Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet on Friday referred to previous Apple statements about the case, saying that Samsung’s ‘blatant copying is wrong.'”

“Apple could still prevail in the overall lawsuit. But it’s inability to win a quick halt to Galaxy sales in the United States comes as the stakes skyrocket in one of the fastest growing consumer electronics markets,” Levine reports. In her ruling, Koh wrote that for some of the smartphones, ‘Apple has established a likelihood of success on the merits at trial.’ Koh added that Apple would likely prove Samsung infringed one of its tablet patents. However, Apple had not shown that it was likely to overcome Samsung’s challenges to the patent’s validity, Koh wrote. Apple must demonstrate both infringement and validity to succeed in its lawsuit.”

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MacDailyNews Take: What’s the point of innovating if your inventions can simply be stolen at will and sold for years before the “legal system” catches up, if it ever does?

Regardless of courts and judges, we consumers can deliver a measure of justice on our own:

Boycott Samsung. We no longer buy Samsung-branded products and advise our millions of readers worldwide to also avoid purchasing Samsung-branded products until they cease stealing Apple’s patented IP.

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

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