After keeping it in purgatory for a while, Judge Lucy Koh has finally lifted the ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. If you remember, the tablet was banned in the US court after it was found that the device was infringing upon the iPad’s design.
Later on, however, during the recent Apple vs. Samsung legal war, the jury decided that although the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was infringing upon several of Apple’s patents, the design patent wasn’t one of them. And since the ban was due to that particular patent, it would have to be lifted.
After that Samsung appealed for the ban to be lifted, which meant Judge Lucy Koh could not lift the ban any longer as it was out of her jurisdiction (she could have if Samsung had not appealed). Then the Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to Koh and authorized her to lift the ban and so the ban has now been lifted.
Now, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is not completely out of the woods. The next round of Apple vs. Samsung trials will commence on December 6 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is part of it and as mentioned before, it still infringes upon several of Apple’s patents so it could once again be banned. But till then you still have around two months where the product can now be sold legally in the US. Assuming anybody would still want to buy it.