By Johnny Wills | Jun 14, 2012 10:15 AM EDT
If you are not preordering Samsung Galaxy S3 just because Apple has filed an injunction to place ban on Samsung's latest flagship smartphone in U.S., then you no need to fear any longer as District Court has ruled out Apple's bid to place ban on the smartphone in the country.
According to an internal court document discovered by The Verge, Apple cannot launch its campaign against Samsung Galaxy S3 before June 21, which is also the date for summary judgment hearing between the two firms. Reportedly, the smartphone is hitting shelves on the same date.
"The pending motion for preliminary injunction is fully briefed, and the Court will not consider any further discovery or briefing. An order on the pending motion for preliminary injunction will issue shortly," wrote District Court Judge Lucy H. Koh.
Apple had failed to place a ban on the Galaxy S3 before it could release in the market. But, it does not mean the Apple is ready to give up the battle. Reportedly, Galaxy S3 has two infringing feature that Apple complained about Galaxy Nexus in the past. However, the Galaxy S3 looks safe at the moment. If Apple wants to ban Samsung Galaxy S3 from sales, the judge allowed Apple to request a new hearing, which cannot happen before June 21, which is the official release date for Samsung's latest flagship model.
"If Apple seeks to file a motion to enjoin sales of the Samsung Galaxy S III, Apple will have to request a new hearing date from the Court," the judge added.
In its war against Android smartphones, Apple gained success in banning HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE last month. Samsung fanboys started thinking that Galaxy S3 may also enter a similar fate. However, Judge Koh seems to be tired of Apple's wars with Android smartphone manufacturers.
Samsung Galaxy S3 is hitting Sprint and T-Mobile on June 21. While at AT&T, it can land a little sooner as the customer who have preordered the much-hyped smartphone from AT&T have receive confirmation from the carrier that the device will arrive on or before June 21. In case of Verizon Wireless, the device is expected to hit shelves in the first week of July.
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