Jobs' Mob has failed in its attempts to use the US courts to patent troll its Christmas competition out of the shops.
Ever fearful that people might exercise their buying power to choose a tablet which had not been blessed by Cupertino, Apple sued Samsung for stealing its ideas. The idea appears to have been to keep the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which was tipped to be an iPad killer, off the shelves and to prop up Apple's monopoly on expensive keyboardless netbooks.
After all, if you can tie up a product in legal red tape it will be obsolete in a couple of months and you will have won.
According to Business Week, the U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, ruled against Apple's plea to ban Samsung from selling its 4G smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the country.
It follows a similar decision in an Australian court ruling last month that lifted an earlier injunction on the tablet in the country.
Seoul- based analysts C.W. Chung and Marcello Ahn at Nomura Holdings told Reuters that the tide is turning against Apple and in the best case, Samsung will be able to receive patent licence fees from Apple.
Samsung modified the tablet's design last month and renamed it the Galaxy Tab 10.1N to avoid a German sales ban upheld by a Dusseldorf court in September. In October, Samsung changed the way photos are browsed on three Galaxy-phone models for the Dutch market to bypass an injunction won by Apple in August.