The drama continues. While Apple may have just won a permanent injunction over the Galaxy Tab 10.1, it seems things are not so clear cut, and actually Samsung can pretty easily route around that injunction. You see, Samsung is not allowed to use their German subsidiary to sell or re-stock the German retailers with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but Samsung can easily circumvent that by using either their subsidiary in Netherlands to sell to them, or even the South Korean one.
And this seems to actually work, as it doesn’t seem to be a problem for retailers to re-stock their Galaxy Tab 10.1 inventory with new tablets from Samsung’s other subsidiaries. As long as they [...]
About a month ago Apple was granted a preliminary injunction by a German district Court over Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, on the grounds that it’s virtually indistinguishable from the iPad, and while that may not be the case so much in reality, they did try to make it look like it is on paper.
But Apple did manage to win the injunction case, and now Samsung is forbidden to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 anywhere in Germany, and they are also not allowed to sell it anywhere in Europe from their German subsidiary, but they can continue to sell to Europe from their subsidiary in Holland, where the Court didn’t grant Apple the preliminary injunction.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 lost its chance to be on the shelf with other latest gadgets in one of the world’s largest electronics shows after Apple won another injunction impeding Samsung Galaxy Tab sales in Germany. The device was pulled out of Samsung’s booth at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA 2011), an international consumer electronics expo in Berlin.
The Dusseldorf Regional Court granted Apple’s request to temporarily ban Samsung sales and marketing of their products last September 2, 2011. The grant allowed Apple, Samsung’s closest rival, to remove the newly released Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the display area at IFA 2011.
Apple is one of the [...]
We’ve already talked about Samsung’s legal troubles before. But it seems the Korean company has managed to get a little break from its problems with Apple over the legal wrangling about the Galaxy Tab 10.1. A German court has lifted a few of the restrictions on sales of the tablet in the European Union.
As a brief refresher on the issue, here’s what happened so far: Apple filed a suit against Samsung because supposedly the Korean company’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 was just a cheap knock off the iPad 2. At the beginning of the case though, a German court let Apple have a preliminary injunction.
This was last week and it has been a very painful week [...]
This is unbelievable, and it’s really starting to get ridiculous. Apparently Apple was so satisfied with the result of the first injunction in Germany, where they manipulated the image of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to make it the same size and give it a more 4:3 ratio, so they can “prove” that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is “virtually identical” to the iPad, that they decided to do it once again at the Court in Netherlands, this time for the Galaxy S smartphone.
Apple provided the Court with this evidence while trying to show “an example of the similarity relevant to copyrights.” [...]
It seems that Samsung has already managed to lift the injunction on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 throughout Europe (except Germany), at least for now. One of the first things that I found odd with the German Court putting an injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, is that they managed to do it throughout Europe. I wasn’t aware that the EU had such a law where one, almost random, Court (Germany doesn’t even have the presidency of EU right now) can put an injunction on companies that will cover the whole EU.
It looks like there may have been several procedural errors with this case, and besides the one about the misleading evidence Apple presented to the Court (whether [...]
Last week I was saying how the German Court’s decision to grant Apple an injunction over Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 makes little sense. Just because 2 products are somewhat similar “in the same product category” doesn’t mean one should be blocked out from the market. It’s how competition works in the real world. But it seems that even they may have been misled by Apple’s legal team.
Apple’s legal team presented the German Court with “evidence” that appears to be tampered with to make the Galaxy Tab 10.1 look as similar as possible to the iPad. Not only did the Tab get stretched out on the sides, but it was [...]
Samsung and Apple have been at each others’ throats over patents for awhile now. The latest casualty in the entire mess was the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Regional Court of Düsseldorf recently decided that the tablet should be banned from being sold in EU countries, a solid hit at its marketing strategy.
However, Samsung isn’t calling it quits just yet. The Korean company is all set to appeal the ban at a hearing scheduled for August 25.
The big European ban is supposedly Apple’s knock-out punch for this round, but with Samsung not surrendering the European market just yet, it may still backfire on the company. This is because, according to German [...]
This photo frame was launched by Samsung in 2006, and if you wouldn’t know better, you’d probably think it’s an iPad, or at least a tablet that strongly resembles it. But wait a minute. If this product came out in 2006 – does that mean it’s this product that looks like an iPad, or is it the iPad that looks like this product? Does that mean Apple copied Samsung’s innovation? Should Samsung ask for injunctions on iPads all over the world now because it has the same “look and feel” as their photo frame?
Granted, they are not in the same market. The iPad is a “tablet”, while this is a “photo frame”, [...]
It looks like the fun soap opera between Apple and Samsung isn’t going to slow down any time soon, folks. Most unfortunate for Android fans in Australia, the latest iteration in the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung has resulted in Samsung being told to halt sales and advertising of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 until the Korean company gets court approval that it may do so — or until the suit is resolved itself.
According to Bloomberg, due to differences between the US and Australian versions of the Android tablet, Samsung is required to present the device to Apple at least seven days before its planned launch. Apple is claiming that the US [...]