A German court has issued an Apple sought injunction against Samsung’s 7.7 inch Galaxy Tab tablet that will extend throughout the European Union, while also denying a German sales ban of the re designed Galaxy Tab 10.1N, according to Web Wereld.
A ruling from the Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court in Germany turns a new page in the ongoing legal saga between Apple and Samsung, clearing the way for the Korean maker’s redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N, but extending a German ban on the smaller Galaxy Tab 7.7 to the entire EU.
The appeals court in Dusseldorf rejected Samsung’s argument that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 ban should apply only to its German subsidiary and instead blocked the device across the EU.
According to patent expert Florian Müeller of the FOSS Patents blog, an EU wide preliminary injunction wont have bearing on the July 30 trial in the US, but EU is a different story:Todays decision is still a ruling made on the fast track.
It’s important to keep in mind that this is all based on preliminary injunction requests, and the full trial on the merits is still to be held.
The case covers the design and operation of tablet computers and smartphones and essentially boils down to Apple accusing Samsung of too closely copying its iPad and iPhone products.
The fierce legal dispute between Apple and Samsung has gotten even tenser in recent months as courts have begun issuing rulings on cases.
A win is a win, but Samsung must be smarting from the putdown by an English judge who said Samsungs Galaxy Tab didnt infringe Apples intellectual property because it wasnt as cool as its rivals product.
In the US, Samsung is currently fighting preliminary injunctions against both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
Samsung said it was disappointed with the court’s ruling on the Galaxy Tab 7.7, and would take all available measures to ensure the product is available in Europe.
We will continue to take all available measures, including legal action, to protect our intellectual property rights and defend against Apple’s claims to ensure our products remain available to consumers throughout the European Union.
This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as weve said many times before, we need to protect Apples intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.
The court thereby confirmed the decision of the lower regional court of Dorf made earlier this year and declared that the Galaxy Tab 10.1N can legally be traded in Germany.
Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted.
K, however, as a court there recently ruled that Samsung’s tablets had not infringed on Apple’s patents.
Apple was allegedly seeking a total of $2.5 billion in damages from Samsung while generously offering the Galaxy maker a royalty fee of half a cent per device to use its wireless patents in iOS devices.
A patent battle between the two companies began on Monday in Australia with Samsung accusing Apple of refusing to enter into negotiations to license essential 3G patents included in the iPhone and iPad.
Samsung on its part wanted to extract 2.4 percent on Apple’s sales based on its patented wireless and cellular technology.
BERLIN (AP) — A Duesseldorf court has issued a split decision in a patent dispute between rivals Apple and Samsung over two of the Korean company’s tablet computers.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 injunction was a different story, however, as Apple won a preliminary ban across the EU.
Amazon is prepping to unleash half a dozen new Kindle Fire tablets and Googles Nexus 7 is selling out.
A British judge last week ruled against Apple in its attempt to block the sale of Samsung tablets in the U.
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