German Court Sides with Apple and Permanently Bans Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany
This Friday resulted in the culmination of a long legal battle between Apple and Samsung over the design of their respective tablet products - specifically, that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes upon the design of Apple's ultra-popular iPad.
Early this morning, a German district court ruled that Samsung is permanently banned from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in that nation. "The court is of the opinion that Apple's minimalistic design isn't the only technical solution to make a tablet computer, other designs are possible," Presiding Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hoffman ruled. "The crucial issue was whether the Galaxy Tablet looked like the drawings registered as a design right," the judge said. "Also, our case had nothing to do with trademarks or patents for technology."
To say that this ruling comes as a blow to Samsung would be an understatement. All told, the German division of Samsung's sales unit cannot sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 anywhere else in the EU. Other sales channels, however, could be employed to sell the product across the EU (but still not in Germany). To do so would be exponentially more expensive and possibly even not worth the effort for Samsung.
Samsung, as you might imagine, says it will fight the ruling. "By imposing an injunction based on this very generic design right, this ruling restricts design innovation and progress in the industry," Samsung said, proving that the fight against Apple may not yet be over.
Source: PC World