Apple Succeeds in Banning Galaxy Tab 7.7 in Europe
Apple’s legal team has won an important legal battle recently, after a German court issued an injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet. The injunction is said to ban sales of the small tablet in the entire European Union, not just Germany (where it had been off shelves already). The court found the design of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 infringed on Apple’s designs from 2004. The court also rejected Samsung’s argument that the ban should only apply to Germany and issued the ban across all of Europe instead.
Though the news overall is bad for Samsung, there was some good to the court decisions made recently as the court did not ban sales of the re-designed Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany. Samsung fired back at the ban of the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany by redesigning the case of the tablet slightly. The South Korean electronics company issued a statement saying, “Samsung welcomes the court’s ruling which confirms our position that the Galaxy Tab 10.1N does not infringe Apple’s intellectual property and does not infringe laws against unfair competition. Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation, and progress in the industry could be restricted.”
The whole ordeal has been very confusing to many as the Galaxy Tab 7.7 ruling seems to contradict a recent Samsung win in the United Kingdom, where a court ruled that Samsung’s tablet designs did not infringe on Apple’s patent. The legal battle between the two tech giants continues as no end seems near and court cases continue to attempt to resolve the issues at hand.
Source: The Next Web