Since April of this year, Apple has waged a campaign of lawsuits around the world seeking to ban the sales of various Samsung products, claiming they infringe on touch screen patents and "slavishly copy" designs for the iPhone and iPad.
It was speculated the ruling could come this week after arguments were wrapped up on Tuesday. According to Reuters, it is now expected next week, perhaps as early as Monday.
Last week Samsung offered a temporary licensing agreement with Apple which would have allowed them to release the tablet with minor modifications, but still utilizing some of the disputed technology. Apple turned down the deal, saying they prefer to "maintain the status quo."
Reactions to a Q3 earnings estimate released today illustrate just how important the tablet and smartphone markets are to Samsung. Strong sales in those categories have partially offset reduced revenue from displays and memory by the electronics giant.
One analyst told Reuters, "I think Samsung's telecom business was a big positive surprise, and other businesses fared better than expected."
Ironically, Apple's long awaited iPhone announcement earlier this week has also bolstered faith in Samsung's phone business. Many analysts are already disappointed with the iPhone 4S, and believe it gives Samsung an opening to further increase their market share.
Speculation aside, it's worth noting iPhone owners have historically shown intense brand loyalty. Even if they decide not to buy the new iPhone, that may not translate into sales for the competition.
Still, it may give Samsung an advantage in attracting first time smartphone buyers or convincing current Android handset users not to stick with the platform.
Written by: Rich Fiscus @ 7 Oct 2011 11:13