Apple’s legal team sure has been busy this week. First there was the Motorola patent case. Then there was the letter to the ITC regarding an old HTC case. And now this.

Reports are coming in this evening that Apple has just won a devastating preliminary injunction on the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 here in the United States…

AllThingsD is reporting that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has issued a ruling tonight, granting Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s popular tablet. The ruling will effectively halt sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S. until the end of the trial.

“Given the strength of Apple’s case on the merits, and its likelihood of irreparable harm, the balance of hardships tips in Apple’s favor,” Koh wrote in her order. “While Samsung will certainly suffer lost sales from the issuance of an injunction, the hardship to Apple of having to directly compete with Samsung’s infringing products outweighs Samsung’s harm in the light of the previous findings by the Court.”

This isn’t the first time that Samsung has seen sales of its Galaxy Tab blocked in a country due to patent infringement. Last year, the company was forced to stop selling the slate in Australia and other countries due to similar injunctions.

Of course, the ruling is only temporary for now. And Samsung will obviously appeal it. But this is still a huge victory for Apple. Here’s what a company spokesperson had to say about the decision:

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

If you’d like, you can read the injunction in full over at AllThingsD.

Now, we’re about as sick of these patent lawsuits as anyone. But this is like the 10th time a judge has acknowledged that Apple has a legitimate case against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. Perhaps it’s time they changed things up.

  • Manuel Angel

    Serious, this “I sue you” South Park theme is getting pretty boring and out of hand. Only in American do we allow such pointless cases to go on forward through trials.

    • Does “I`ll steal your ideas” South Park theme looks fun?

      • Agreed. There wouldn’t have to be any lawsuits if there were no copycats. Would you let someone steal your ideas and twist them around and sell them, only to compete with you? @google-2f495a1025e23ec7bd659f1b1eb2c487:disqus

      • Manuel Angel

        Lol. Seriously? There’s lawsuits for everything when it comes to Apple. And we know this. And if Samsung stole Apple’s idea to make a tablet, then Apple stole someone’s idea to make tablets because Apple wasn’t the first, and they aren’t going to be the last. It’s just Apple trying to slow down Android’s sales. Period. Keep up the good work fan-boy. Apple needs to shut up and sale products.

      • Manuel Angel

        Really? How is the ideal stolen? It runs a different OS than iOS. And I’m an iPhone user, dislike Androids software, but even I say this sue you stuff is stupid. Apple can release more products instead of every year, or they can make their products better than Android (which I feel that it already is). The idea of them copying makes ZERO sense. And the iPhone 3G’s look was copied from someone else, but no one was suing anyone.

  • AMB_07

    A very sad day for consummers…

    • Lol, who would buy a Samsung tab, when the latest IPad (even iPad 2) are better in every way + it’s not copied :/

  • apple is just jealous cuz they hate android the galaxy tab has better features not like boring ipad

    • Or maybe you could use your brain and realize that whether you like it or not there is patent infringement going on and that you can’t sue someone because you’re jealous. Dumbass

    • If it isn’t “feature rich” enough, Jailbreak! “oh no, I just dropped it on the floor and I have to repair it, but it’s jailbroken!” ITunes, Restore, apply as new IPad thus warranty is restored!
      My work is done here…

    • lol the Galaxy Tab is probably one of the biggest pieces of shit I have ever used

  • goofygreek

    “the user interface”. Are you kidding me. Since when did android start looking like ios. Even samsungs touch wiz interface is nothing like ios. Hell, people on here are always complaining about how much more “hectic” and “cluttered” the android os is. Besides, the galaxy tab 10.1 has been out for a while, and is due for a refresh anyways. Also, samsung won against apple in Australia. Most likely apple is sueing over the exact same thing here that they did in Australia. And most likely, the same thing will happen here, apple will loose and pay damages to samsung. This sueing everyone instead of spending the money on r&d is getting ridiculous. If apple put all there effort into making better iphones/ipads, i highly dought anyone would jump ship to switch to android. Instead of innovating, they sit and sue everyone for copying. Wasnt it steave jobs that had a sign that said, good artist create, great artists steal. (or something like that). Oh and “even the packaging”. Cant speak for the galaxy tab, but my galaxy s2 came in a basic att box that pretty much every other cell phone from att comes in. But, thats only att, not sure about the boxes that the other s2’s come in from different carriers.

    • Manuel Angel

      There is a lot of fan-boys on this site. 8 dislikes to this comment, and nothing but truth came from it.

  • It would be funny if samsung would stop making processing chips for apple.

    • They can’t because such partnerships are bounded to legal contracts. I don’t think Samsung can suffer another lawsuit right now.

  • This actually won’t hurt Samsung at all, seeing as how the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has already run it’s course in the U.S. Plus, Samsung can still sell every other tablet that isn’t the 10.1, so as “devastating” as this is, it’s not.

  • Jose Cheong

    Honestly, apple fan since iphone 3g-4s ipad etc the whole lot. All this lawsuit from apple shows really bad sportsmanship, made a lot of consumers go from iphones to android phones already. To be honest, apple is just trying to win by via lawsuits (money) rather than innovation.

    • Melvco

      Actually, Apple doesn’t typically sue for monetary damages. Hence the injunction. They sue to try to force manufacturers to remove their intelectual property.