Apple fails to block Samsung tablet and smartphone sales in the U.S.

Apple and Samsung have been locked in a patent war for most of this year. It’s a complicated situation, and you should check out Digital Trends‘ full breakdown of the legal dispute if you really want to understand it, but the long and short of it is: Apple alleges that several of Samsung’s Android-based smartphones and tablets infringe on its own iPhone and iPad. The iThing-maker has been working to block sales of targeted Samsung devices since the dispute started, and it’s a bid that has now been officially derailed.
A Friday ruling from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh officially denies Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung, Reuters reports. The U.S. is just one of the contested battlegrounds, however, with Apple scoring a victory on Friday as well, when an Australian judge extended a previously placed ban on Galaxy Tab sales for another week.