US bans Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

A court has banned sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the US while it decides on the firm's patent dispute with Apple. Apple has claimed that Samsung infringed its design patent and copied the look of its popular device, the iPad. The Samsung tablet is considered by most analysts as the biggest rival to Apple's iPad. The ban does not apply to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 II, the tablet's new edition. The trial for the case is scheduled to begin in California on 30 July. "Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products," said US District Judge Lucy Koh. In an emailed statement to the BBC, Samsung said that it "will take necessary legal steps" and that the ruling was unlikely to have a significant impact on its business.