United States District Judge Lucy Koh issued a ruling late on Friday that denied Apple’s request to halt sales of four Samsung Galaxy devices in the US. The ban would have immediately stopped sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and three Galaxy smartphones in the US. In the ruling, Judge Koh indicated that:

It is not clear that an injunction on Samsung’s accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmedJudge Lucy KohUnited States District Judge

Samsung was certainly happy to hear the news, and Samsung spokesman Jason Kim took a bit of a jab at Apple in Samsung’s official response in an email to Reuters.

This ruling confirms our long-held view that Apple’s arguments lack merit.Jason KimSamsung

The ruling does not completely clear Samsung’s name, however. Samsung still faces an uphill battle in the larger patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. It is still possible that Samsung will be found to be infringing on a select number of Apple’s patents.

Judge Koh suggested that Apple will likely prove Samsung infringed on some of its copyrights on some of the Galaxy line of smartphones, one of the two key components in the upcoming lawsuit. In addition to proving Samsung infringed on its patents, Apple will also have to overcome Samsung’s challenges to the validity of the patents in question.

Proving patent validity is where Apple will face the biggest challenge, and where the lawsuit will likely fall apart.

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