Samsung can continue selling Galaxy tabs in Germany: court

February 9, 2012
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is displayed in a showroom in Seoul in 2011. South Korea's Samsung Electronics can continue to sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet computer in Germany, a German court ruled Thursday, rejecting a bid by arch-rival Apple to have them banned.

South Korea's Samsung Electronics can continue to sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet computer in Germany, a German court ruled Thursday, rejecting a bid by arch-rival Apple to have them banned.

In the third such blow to United States giant Apple, the regional court in Duesseldorf ruled that Samsung's redesigned -- which Apple had claimed infringed on its patent rights -- was now sufficiently different to the US maker's iconic .

Furthermore, "following the design changes undertaken by Samsung, the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N does not contravene competition law. Apple's iPad computers and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1N are rival products of equal value," the court said in a statement.

In November, the Duesseldorf court had slapped a temporary ban on Samsung's previous model, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, saying it copied the iPad.

But the changes Samsung made to the successor model now rendered the tablet computer sufficiently different, it said.

Earlier this month, two other courts in Germany -- in Munich and Mannheim -- also quashed Apple's request to impose a preliminary ban on sales of its 10.1N and Nexus smartphone.

The two technology giants are engaged in a legal battle involving dozens of cases worldwide as they struggle for leadership in the hugely lucrative smartphone and tablet .

Apple launched legal action in April last year, accusing Samsung of "slavishly" copying its and iPad designs. Samsung has focused its own lawsuits on technology patents rather than design.

The South Korean giant received two legal boosts in December.

A court in San Jose, California, denied Apple's request for a preliminary injunction that would have banned the sale of three Samsung smartphones and a tablet computer.

Australia's High Court cleared the way for Samsung to sell its Galaxy 10.1 tablet in the country in time for Christmas, dismissing Apple's bid to have a ban extended.

Last month, European regulators opened an antitrust probe against Samsung to determine whether it has distorted competition in European mobile device markets.

The European Commission said it would investigate whether Samsung went too far last year when it sought injunctions against competitors in various EU national courts, alleging infringements of Samsung's patent rights.

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epsi00
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 09, 2012
Let the consumer decide which is which. Apple did not invent the tablet computer as is well known. So why is it trying to prevent other manufacturers to do what it did itself: copy an invention and make few bucks in the process.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (4) Feb 09, 2012
Because Apple has a different business model. It makes overpriced, crappy (but glitzy) products. Any maker that actually puts the money's worth of hardware into a similar product will vastly outperform an Apple gadget (in performance AND price).

So their only chance is to take their profits and sue competitors into oblivion. Not so much to win, but simply to stall competitors until the fad has faded away and the fanbois have already been duped.

Rinse. Repeat.

ziphead
1 / 5 (1) Feb 09, 2012
I think apple picked a wrong company to mess with. This will likely hurt them long term.

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