Score one for Samsung, Dutch courts won’t allow injuction on Galaxy tablets

January 16, 2013
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It appears as though the big Apple v Samsung lawsuit has been slowing down. What started as a global frenzy has slowed to a few lawsuits in a few countries. While we’re all happy to see these companies going back to what they’re supposed to be doing, which is making awesome electronics, there is still some unfinished business abroad.

The latest news from the courtrooms is that there won’t be an injuction on Galaxy tablets in the Netherlands. Dutch courts have ruled against Apple in favor of Samsung. So the Galaxy Tab 7.7, 8.9, and 10.1 will remain on shelves.

As per the norm, Apple had claimed that Samsung products looked too similar to Apple products. The resulting similarity supposedly cost Apple a boat load of money. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed. As a result, Apple must pay Samsung’s court fees, which total about 63,678 euros. According to Sammobile, if Apple tries to prevent tablets from being sold in stores, it could cost them up to 100,000 euroes per day.

Is this an important win for Samsung?

You bet it is. Any victory in a battle where a product can be prevented from being sold is a good victory. However, as Sammobile points out, this victory is especially important for Samsung. Samsung does a lot of business in the Netherlands, and that is where they ship their products to other countries. So an injunction in the Netherlands would’ve been a pretty big deal.

While the case is over, there is still that wonderful thing called the appeal process. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 injuction is being appealed by Apple. So this won’t be the last we hear out of the Dutch courts concerning this lawsuit. When will Apple stop this nonsense? Probably never, but we’d like to hear your take on it in the comments.

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