“Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products,” Koh wrote on Tuesday.
Apple filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in May 2012, claiming Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes on an iPad-related patent. Apple has also filed a similar motion against Samsung’s Galaxy S III in June.
The judge’s order becomes effective after Apple posts a $2.6 million bond as protection against damages suffered by Samsung if the injunction is later overturned.
It’s important to note, however, that this ruling only affects Samsung’s older 10-inch tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It does not affect the updated Tab 10.1 II, which was unveiled in May 2012.