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San Jose Federal Judge Lifts Ban On Sale Of Samsung Galaxy Tablet

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The photographer holds up a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet during a press day at the Samsung stand at the IFA 2012 consumer electronics trade fair on August 30, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The photographer holds up a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet during a press day at the Samsung stand at the IFA 2012 consumer electronics trade fair on August 30, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — A federal judge in San Jose has lifted a ban on sales of Samsung Electronics Corp.’s Galaxy 10.1 tablet computer.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled Monday the South Korean technology giant is now free to start selling the product in American stores.

The judge had previously banned U.S. sales of the tablet pending the resolution of a sweeping patent trial between Apple Inc. and Samsung over vital technology used in smartphones and tablet computers.

A jury in September ordered Samsung to pay Cupertino-based Apple $1 billion after finding many of Samsung’s products illegally used technology developed by Apple for its iPhones and iPads. But the jury found that Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 wasn’t one of the offending products.

The judge scheduled a December hearing to consider Samsung’s demand for a new trial.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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