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Samsung is left scratching its head over Apple's Galaxy Tab win

Caught off-guard by German court decision
Wed Aug 10 2011, 14:44

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1KOREAN ELECTRONICS GIANT Samsung has been caught off-guard by a court ruling preventing sales of its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab across Europe, initially berating the court for its decision and then backtracking on this response.

The German court's preliminary injunction prevents Samsung from selling the larger tablet model across the European Union, aside from the Netherlands. This is in response to an Apple complaint that Samsung was infringing several of its patents and copying the design of its successful Ipad tablet with its Galaxy Tab.

The injunction clearly came out of the blue for Samsung, which issued an initial statement berating the court action before deciding to backtrack on this response.

"The request for injunction was filed with no notice to Samsung, and the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung," Samsung said early on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

"We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung's innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world."

However, Samsung has since told us that it cannot verify the Reuters statement as official, and instead has issued a watered-down version.

"Samsung is disappointed with the court's decision and we intend to act immediately to defend our intellectual property rights through the ongoing legal proceedings in Germany and will continue to actively defend these rights throughout the world," Samsung said.

"We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung's innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world."

Apple, looking down at its Korean rival from its lofty position of growing sales and increasing fanboi fervour, has not taken the opportunity to kick a dog while it's down. Although the outcome is positive for the cappuccino company, it did not give a direct response, instead reiterating its initial complaints about the Tab.

"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," the firm said. "This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas." µ

 

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