Apple vs Samsung: Galaxy Tab 7.7 banned in European Union

In the seemingly never ending battle, a new development has emerged in Apple vs Samsung: Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 has been banned throughout the European Union.

A German court has ruled Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 infringes on Apple drawings from 2004. As such, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is considered to be infringing on Apple’s intellectual property and a German judge granted an injunction against it. Samsung tried to convince the judge to issue the injunction only on Samsung’s German subsidiary (i.e. block sales of Galaxy Tab 7.7. in Germany only) but the judge rejected the argument and banned the tab across all of the EU. Apple didn’t have a total victory, however.

Germany had last year banned Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. In response, Samsung released a slightly modified Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Apple looked to have an injunction granted against the Galaxy Tab 10.1N just like how the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned. However, the German court denied Apple’s request for an injunction against the Tab 10.1N.

It will be interesting to see how this German issued EU-wide ban on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will play out in England because, as I’m sure many of you remember, an English court has declared Samsung’s tabs to not infringe on Apple’s IP in the UK. It even went as far as to force Apple to issue public statements of Samsung’s non-guilt. It isn’t immediately clear if Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be banned in England or not.

Wonder what will be next in Apple’s declaration of war on Samsung. Feel free to speculate in the comments below.

[via TheNextWeb | Image credit: iannnnn]

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4 comments

  1. Mike

    It’s the patent system, folks–these companies simply are taking advanatgae of the rights that the patent laws give them. If people don’t like the results, that is the law that needs to be changed.

  2. Dan

    Also, what about our right to choose? Not only does Samsung lose but we have lost one other choice on the market..which is not fair! Perhaps we should all get together and sue the hell out of Apple for causing this due to them seeking this result. If this was only about infringement of rights, then they could have gone for a money settlement..but no, they are out to put a stopper in the compotition..and we suffer as a result.

    Taking a product off the mark due to something like this is bad and short-sighted coming from those involved. It will hurt samsung only slightly I would think..but it could result in job losses down the line and who gives a danm about those poor people who loose out thanks to the big boys playing war like this?

    Anyway, my rant is over..feel free to disagree with me..that’s fine..I’m just sick of these fools taking us for fools and all this legal crap that they seem so eager to waste funds on.

  3. SilenceIsGolden

    I agree, more than anything I’m interested in seeing how this will play out outside Germany. I might be a bit rusty in this respect, but since when can my German court make an EU-wide decision? That seems a bit beyond its reach.
    Besides, I’m also tired of this stupid legal avenue. Make a better product, Apple, and the people won’t flock to Samsung!