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Apple forces new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7″ off German shelves

Latest injunction sees Apple continue its campaign against Samsung Galaxy Tab ‘patent infringement’


A Dusseldorf court has awarded Apple a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s latest version of its Galaxy Tab tablet.

Samsung Electronics was prevented from promoting the new 7.7” tablet computer at IFA, one of the world’s largest electronics shows, and has been banned from selling the product across Germany.

In a statement to news agency AFP, Samsung said it “respects the court’s decision… and therefore decided not to display any more the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the IFA.”

Samsung and Apple are engaged in an increasingly tense battle over patents relating to the design of the Galaxy Tab tablet computers, while the entire Google Android operating system, which the Tab uses, is also under attack from patent holders. Google recently bought Motorola for $12bn in a bid, partly, to defend Android from such claims.

Samsung maintains that the new injunction “severely limits consumer choice in Germany”, and said that it will take “all available measures, including legal options” to preserve its place in the European market.

The Regional Court of Dusseldorf has already granted Apple a preliminary injunction against the sale and marketing of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 across all of Europe except the Netherlands. It is possible to apply for a pan-European injunction in any country which, if upheld, covers all of the EU. The judge initially backed Apple’s claim that Samsung’s tablet had infringed on its intellectual property and copied elements of the iPad 2, but the injunction has since been temporarily suspended.

An Apple spokesman said at the time of the first injunction: “It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

A Samsung spokesman said the company could not comment on legal proceedings.

The Australian launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was delayed indefinitely last week after Apple filed a complaint with the Federal Court of Australia.

Apple sued Samsung in April this year for infringement of patents and trademarks; a few days later, Samsung issued a counter-claim.

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