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Thread: German Court Rejects Apple's Claims Redesigned Galaxy Tab Still Violates Design Patent

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    Default German Court Rejects Apple's Claims Redesigned Galaxy Tab Still Violates Design Patent



    Apple received a reality gut-check from the Düsseldorf Court in Germany over their patent dispute with Samsung according to Bloomberg.

    Consumers are well aware that there is an original and that competitors try to use similar designs, so buyers are vigilant when looking at products. We don’t think that someone buys a Samsung (005930) to make his table neighbor at the coffee-house believe he owns an iPad. — Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann.
    The court’s statement comes after Apple successfully secured a ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Samsung reissued the Galaxy Tab with a few modifications to circumvent the design patent that caused the ban. Apple then added the new modified Galaxy Tab 10.1N to its patent dispute claim resulting in Judge Brueckner-Hoffman’s remarks.

    Brueckner-Hoffman made an additional statement that the court believes Samsung has altered the design enough to avoid infringing on the legally protected design according to Reuters. Thankfully the court didn’t hold Samsung to the guidelines Apple’s lawyers set for a Galaxy Tab redesign.

    • Shapes that are not rectangular with four flat sides or that do not have four rounded corners.
    • Front surfaces that are not completely flat or clear and that have substantial adornment.
    • Thick frames rather than a thin rim around the front surface.
    • Profiles that are not thin relative to [Apple patent D'889] or that have a cluttered appearance.

    To Samsung’s credit they’ve taken advantage of the situation and have started marketing the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany as “the tablet Apple tried to stop.” Now only if Apple and these other tech companies would stop the frivolous lawsuits.

    Source: Bloomberg and Reuters [via 9to5Mac]

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    Doesn't Samsung make the screen on the iPad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaStA819 View Post
    Doesn't Samsung make the screen on the iPad?
    LG. Apple are slowly switching of from Samsung and LG to Sharp.

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    Im so sick of this.... grow up apple and forget about these lawsuits... its just sad.... Who cares, you have die hard supporters that will buy your crap regardless... to me this shows apple in a negative light... be careful, if you make apple mad they will keep bring up lawsuits....

    Grow up, yes there will be people who make good devices, dont try to compete by lawsuits compete by making great products and no one will care

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    Ca2, I understand you may be too young to understand, or just ignorant when it comes to marketing and business in general. Apple is doing what it set out to do years ago, and that's take over in IT and Automated world. You may find Apple to be just money hungry or even be evil. However they aren't, we'll completely that is... They are a business set on a mission statement, a goal, and to profit. If you don't like it, start your own business and stop them with a better product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ca3 View Post
    Im so sick of this.... grow up apple and forget about these lawsuits... its just sad.... Who cares, you have die hard supporters that will buy your crap regardless... to me this shows apple in a negative light... be careful, if you make apple mad they will keep bring up lawsuits....

    Grow up, yes there will be people who make good devices, dont try to compete by lawsuits compete by making great products and no one will care
    Ditto!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ca3 View Post
    Im so sick of this.... grow up apple and forget about these lawsuits... its just sad.... Who cares, you have die hard supporters that will buy your crap regardless... to me this shows apple in a negative light... be careful, if you make apple mad they will keep bring up lawsuits....

    Grow up, yes there will be people who make good devices, dont try to compete by lawsuits compete by making great products and no one will care
    Unfortunately Apple is not the first nor the last of large companies that do this. They likely have a pile of lawsuits to sort through as well from Samsung, LG and everyone else. This is the way of the American tech business and it will not change until Patent laws are better drawn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trek-life View Post
    Unfortunately Apple is not the first nor the last of large companies that do this. They likely have a pile of lawsuits to sort through as well from Samsung, LG and everyone else. This is the way of the American tech business and it will not change until Patent laws are better drawn.
    so sad... beat the competition with a good device not this...

    and to the guy above that couldnt even get my name right lol... all i was saying was they should focus on making better products not suing the crap out of everyone lol... same thing with jailbreaking... if apple would stop wasting time trying to stop jailbreaking and start making more features the need of a jailbreak would start getting smaller...

    Apple makes great devices... just hate how they do business...

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    Oops, ca3, you couldn't even type my name lol, I agree it is crap when companies go to sue wars, but business is still business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ca3 View Post
    so sad... beat the competition with a good device not this...

    and to the guy above that couldnt even get my name right lol... all i was saying was they should focus on making better products not suing the crap out of everyone lol... same thing with jailbreaking... if apple would stop wasting time trying to stop jailbreaking and start making more features the need of a jailbreak would start getting smaller...

    Apple makes great devices... just hate how they do business...
    Lol @ the guy not getting your name right and a good rebuttle on your behalf. I agree about Apple needing to focus on implement more features that can obviously be done. Like a simple one like PhotoAlbums +. I miss that jailbreak so much. Also SBSettings. I still don't understand why I can't do these things. If it were not for a jailbreak I don't think I would have any idevice.

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    Rofl @ wrong name

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    Quote Originally Posted by ca3 View Post
    Im so sick of this.... grow up apple and forget about these lawsuits... its just sad.... Who cares, you have die hard supporters that will buy your crap regardless... to me this shows apple in a negative light... be careful, if you make apple mad they will keep bring up lawsuits....

    Grow up, yes there will be people who make good devices, dont try to compete by lawsuits compete by making great products and no one will care
    Do you understand that ALL businesses do this? Yes it's true that some businesses do it for the money, but some do it because they feel violated. This is business and business is business. Apple does it because they feel that their products are being cloned and if someone stole an idea from you I bet you would do the same thing. They're not doing it to bully people, but to stop others from stealing their ideas. It's how the world works. Don't just blame Apple for always suing. Also if I remember correctly Samsung tried suing Apple back for revenge. Don't you think that's a bit out there as well? Don't be a fan boy....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJEmergency View Post
    Do you understand that ALL businesses do this? Yes it's true that some businesses do it for the money, but some do it because they feel violated. This is business and business is business. Apple does it because they feel that their products are being cloned and if someone stole an idea from you I bet you would do the same thing. They're not doing it to bully people, but to stop others from stealing their ideas. It's how the world works. Don't just blame Apple for always suing. Also if I remember correctly Samsung tried suing Apple back for revenge. Don't you think that's a bit out there as well? Don't be a fan boy....
    I am sure he, and everyone else, understand this happens. It doesn't make it better...

    It is worth noting that this specific Apple v the world situation we are currently in was definitely started by Apple. The mudlinging didn't start until Apple threw the first dirt clod.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
    I am sure he, and everyone else, understand this happens. It doesn't make it better...

    It is worth noting that this specific Apple v the world situation we are currently in was definitely started by Apple. The mudlinging didn't start until Apple threw the first dirt clod.
    Again... it's not just apple that does this and it's not "Apple vs the world" Almost all corporations have a department where they buy products and tear them apart to try to find technology that is copying theirs. It's just how it works.

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