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German court upholds Apple ban on Samsung, rules September 9

updated 10:30 am EDT, Thu August 25, 2011

Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban in Germany to stay for now

Samsung was dealt a setback Thursday after a Dusseldorf court upheld Apple's request for a preliminary ban in Germany on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The judge determined that, while Apple wasn't necessarily right, Samsung hadn't made a strong enough case to overturn the ban. Samsung's tablets now can't be sold in Germany until at least a ruling on September 9.

The court disagreed with Samsung's accusations of widespread distortion in the images Apple used to secure the original ban. Community design rights gave Apple at least a "medium range of protection," the judge said, if not a "broad" claim. As such, the exact details Samsung was challenging weren't vital.

None of the hearing on Thursday decided on whether the court had an authority to ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across the EU. The ban only directly affects Samsung Germany and, because of its corporate relationship to Samsung Korea, might not see the ban go beyond the country.

The sustained verdict compounds Samsung's problems and follows just a day after a Dutch ban on Galaxy phones that does affect other European countries, but not the Galaxy Tab. Samsung has legal action against Apple as well but, with Apple getting early successes, might have little choice but to operate on at least some of its rival's terms and settle.

by MacNN Staff



  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    With friends like Samsung...

    With friends like Samsung, Google doesn't need enemies.

    Oh, and the real reason why Google bought Motorola Mobile? To keep Motorola Mobility from suing all other Android handset makers. MM publicly threatened to sue, which would have been the straw that broke the Android camel's back. Then MM extorted an extra-high price out of Google. 63% over market value, with no other bidders.

    See what happens when you have no plan other than "Copy Apple. Dump free OS onto market. Bleed, rinse, repeat."

  1. OS2Guy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well said SockRolid

    Couldn't agree with you more. Sad that competitors can't be creative enough to come up with a better product rather then copy someone else's product, slap their name on it, and hope the consumer sees it as their own creation. NOT! Samsung should pay a heavy price for the attempted theft of the iPad 2. Banning Samsung products throughout Europe would certainly do that. Fingers crossed.

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