Apple loses preliminary injunction against Galaxy Tab 10.1N

By on February 9, 2012, 6:30 PM

Dismissing Apple's attempted injunctions, a Duesseldorf court has cleared the modified Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N for sale in Germany. The decision comes after several rulings against Samsung in a series of bitter patent suits. Apple succeeded in blocking the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 in September along with the smaller Galaxy Tab 8.9 in January. It was determined both resembled the iPad too closely.

Hoping to dodge the injunctions in November, Samsung prepared a tweaked version of its tablet called the Galaxy Tab 10.1N with a more pronounced metallic rim, relocated speakers as well as other minor adjustments to change the look and feel of its device. Unsatisfied with the changes, Apple quickly responded by filing additional injunctions to ban the updated device. That demand was rejected today.

"The court has denied Apple's request for a preliminary injunction and the Galaxy Tab 10.1N remains available to consumers in Germany. Samsung will continue to take all appropriate measures, including legal action, to ensure continued consumer access to our innovative products," Samsung said. Despite its enthusiasm, today's ruling only blocks a preliminary injunction and the 10.1N could be banned later.

"It's important to understand that today's decision is merely the denial of a preliminary injunction. In parallel to all those efforts to have different Samsung tablets banned as a result of fast-track proceedings, Apple continues to assert four different design-related rights against ten Samsung smartphones and five Samsung tablets," writes Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, a mobile patent blog. Mueller also notes that today's ruling could prove useful for Motorola, which is in a similar quarrel with Apple over the Xoom.

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Guest said:

is this what a company that over charges for their products do with their money?

file endless BS suits, not letting other people even have a chance to move up

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Agreed with Guest.

Looks nothing like iPad. Different screen aspect ratio, entirely different ratio of case, OS doesn't look anything like iOS, and I don't think Samsung has TouchWiz on tablets..

Mindwraith said:

But don't Apple laptops look the same as Microsoft laptops? They're both clam-shell designs with a screen on top and a keyboard on the bottom...

Guest said:

Praise the Mighty Apple! How dare you say that?! It's the other way around... right?

inventix1136 said:

Why isn't Samsung suing Apple about the iPad given that the iPad looks EXACTLY like their picture frame from 2006?

P.S. Thank the LACK of software patents during the early development time that we actually have the modern web and the innovation that followed. If you REALLY want to see who was the father of the modern software, check out the Dough Engelbart demo of the NLS system in 1968. He introduced the mouse, the modern UI with what you see is what you get support, hypertext, object addressing, dynamic file linking, shared-screen collaboration involving two persons at different sites communicating over a network with audio and video interface.

So in reality all of the "innovators" at Apple and other companies have just put a shiny exterior onto something from 1968.

Guest said:

I hope apple dies in a blase of glorious losses...or something like that ;)

Guest said:

...and people wonder why I laugh at apple. Never change.

MilwaukeeMike said:

Speaking of Apple... why isn't the USA today story about the FBI's report on Steve Jobs' drug use anywhere to be found?


Guest said:

iSheep is a term i actually respect.

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