Temporary Ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Devices Lifted in the U.S.

If you previously scratched Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 device off of your holiday wish list following a temporary court-ordered sales ban in the U.S., you can go ahead and put it back on. A U.S. court has now removed the injunction, and though the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is no longer Samsung's flagship tablet, it could rake in some additional dollars for Samsung during the all-important holiday shopping season that's about to get underway.

"We are pleased with the court's action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple's design patent and that an injunction was not called for," Samsung said in a statement, according to Reuters.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Tensions between Samsung and Apple have never been higher, though the two continue to do business with each other when it's mutually beneficial. The iPhone 5, for example, sports an ARM-based A6 processor fabbed by Samsung. Ironically enough, a recent Samsung lawsuit alleges that Apple's iPhone 5 infringes on the company's patents.

As for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, sales of the device were initially banned before the high profile trial that led to Samsung owing Apple a billion dollars in damages for copying the look and feel of iPhone and iPad devices. However, back in August, a jury ruled that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 didn't infringe on the iPad's design, leaving it up to Judge Lucy Koh whether or not to lift the ban. At the time, she refused to rule on the matter while it waded through appeals court, but promptly did away with the injunction now that the motion is back under her jurisdiction.