Apple, Samsung deadlocked in tablet patent battle

Jul 24, 2012
A Samsung employee unveils the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Seoul. US electronics giant Apple and South Korea's Samsung Electronics each scored partial court victories in Germany in their global war over rival tablet computers.

US electronics giant Apple and South Korea's Samsung Electronics each scored partial court victories in Germany Tuesday in their global war over rival tablet computers.

A regional appeals court in the western city of Duesseldorf upheld a ban on sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7 computer for infringing on Apple's design patent, and extended it from Germany to the rest of the European Union.

But it said that the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1 N was now sufficiently different to the Apple iPad to be acceptable under competition law.

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.

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

But changes Samsung made to the successor model for the German market to meet the court's demands rendered the sufficiently different, it said in February. Apple appealed this decision.

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

Explore further: Strong iPhone 6 demand boosts Taiwan export orders

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Samsung says Germany rejects Apple's sales ban bid

Feb 02, 2012

South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Thursday a German court rejected Apple's bid to ban sales of its tablet computers and new smartphones, the latest chapter in a global legal battle between the rivals.

Samsung pulls tablet PC from trade show amid row

Sep 05, 2011

South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Monday it has withdrawn its new tablet computer from a major electronics fair in Berlin after a German court accepted a complaint from US rival Apple.

Samsung to release modified tablet in Germany

Nov 17, 2011

Samsung Electronics said Thursday it had modified the design of its newest tablet PC to bypass a sales ban in Germany and would start selling it there as early as this week.

Recommended for you

MasterCard, Zwipe announce fingerprint-sensor card

Oct 18, 2014

On Friday, MasterCard and Oslo, Norway-based Zwipe announced the launch of a contactless payment card featuring an integrated fingerprint sensor. Say goodbye to PINs. This card, they said, is the world's ...

Apple starts iPhone 6 sales in key China market

Oct 17, 2014

Apple began selling its latest iPhone in China Friday, nearly a month after other major territories due to a licence delay by regulators, but it faces a tough battle with rivals led by Samsung in the crucial ...

Microsoft CEO launches diversity training effort

Oct 17, 2014

(AP)—Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has again apologized to employees and announced in a company-wide memo that all workers will receive expanded training on how to foster an inclusive culture as he works to repair damage ...

Arguments made in ex-dictator's suit against game

Oct 17, 2014

(AP)—A judge has heard arguments from lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani calling for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against video game giant Activision by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

rwinners
not rated yet Jul 24, 2012
You can't patent 'style'.. even if Apple is willing to spend billions to prove me right. I mean, try to enforce a patent on the smooth curves of a Shelby Cobra. It's never been duplicated .. without permission, but then those curves are everywhere in the automobile industry.