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Galaxy Tab 10.1 Permanently Banned In Germany, Apple Wins

In a word…ouch…it appears that in the Apple against Samsung legal fight in Germany over the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 looking like the Apple iPad 2, the district court in Dusseldoft has come down of Apple’s side and handed Apple a win over Samsung with a permanent pad of the Samsung Android slate in Germany.

According to an article over on Computer World, a spokesman for the court has also said that “Samsung Germany may not sell the device in any other European Union country,” although apparently other Samsung divisions can do so.

Naturally old Sammy is to mount an appeal on the ruling, with a spokesperson commenting via email, “We are disappointed with this ruling and believe it severely limits consumer choice in Germany.”

Apple was originally granted an injunction against the selling of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany approximately one month ago, and Apple is seeking the same in the Netherlands and Australia, and recently also filed a complaint against Samsung smartphones in Japan.

The spokesperson for Samsung further said, “By imposing an injunction based on this very generic design right, this ruling restricts design innovation and progress in the industry.”

As for that Apple complaint in Japan, according to the article, the NTT DoCoMo CEO has stated that their launch next month of the Samsung Galaxy Tab “will not be affected by a patent-infringement lawsuit Apple has filed there against Samsung.”

Thus it seems that Apple has got its own way and those in Germany at least will not be able to purchase the Android 3.2 Honeycomb slate if they wish too, which basically means Apple is now telling people what devices they can and cannot buy.

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2 thoughts on “Galaxy Tab 10.1 Permanently Banned In Germany, Apple Wins”

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    Yoon Ham says:

    This is ridiculous!!!! Apple owns all rights to a rectangle???!!!!! Was that judge even awake for this one???!!!! The iPad revolves around the most common form factor for monitors and digital picture frames which have been around for years before Apple came along with the iPad! At least the court in the Netherlands got it right. The judge ruled against Apple in that case and ruled there was no infringement as far as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was concerned. Even the victory Apple got in that court against Samsung for injunctions against three of its phones, thankfully, doesn’t mean anything. Judge in that court found infringement but only because of an app in Android 2.3 that Samsung just has to correct by October 13 and then the ban won’t even come into effect. Also, the “victory” Apple got in Germany only applies to the German branch of Samsung. Retail outlets can still, legally, sell the stock that they have and can even restock as long as it is from another branch of Samsung (from Netherlands, perhaps?). So take that, Apple. Man, you (I’m looking at you, Steve Jobs) are the biggest cry baby on the planet. Ironic when you consider everything your/Apple’s success is based on always stems back to something you stole! Hey buddy, I haven’t forgotten about Xerox/Parc!!!! “Magical” my rear!!!!

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    Yoon Ham says:

    This is ridiculous!!!! Apple owns all rights to a rectangle???!!!!! Was that judge even awake for this one???!!!! The iPad revolves around the most common form factor for monitors and digital picture frames which have been around for years before Apple came along with the iPad! At least the court in the Netherlands got it right. The judge ruled against Apple in that case and ruled there was no infringement as far as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was concerned. Even the victory Apple got in that court against Samsung for injunctions against three of its phones, thankfully, doesn’t mean anything. Judge in that court found infringement but only because of an app in Android 2.3 that Samsung just has to correct by October 13 and then the ban won’t even come into effect. Also, the “victory” Apple got in Germany only applies to the German branch of Samsung. Retail outlets can still, legally, sell the stock that they have and can even restock as long as it is from another branch of Samsung (from Netherlands, perhaps?). So take that, Apple. Man, you (I’m looking at you, Steve Jobs) are the biggest cry baby on the planet. Ironic when you consider everything your/Apple’s success is based on always stems back to something you stole! Hey buddy, I haven’t forgotten about Xerox/Parc!!!! “Magical” my rear!!!!

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