FRUIT THEMED Apple is pushing for a ban on the redesigned Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet in Germany, having decided that it is not different enough from its Ipad design.
The arguments between the two companies are long and well documented. Apple says that Samsung has blatantly copied its designs, both in smartphones and tablets, and has repeatedly tried to stop it from selling its Galaxy Tab tablets.
According to the Dow Jones news service, Apple's legal people in Germany have appealed to have the new model Galaxy Tab tablet banned, despite it apparently being different enough not to confuse any potential buyers. We have asked Apple to confirm this but have not had a response.
A hearing is scheduled for 22 December in a Düsseldorf court, according to reports. The new filing comes just as Apple has lost an attempt to stop Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1in tablet in Australia, an event that elicited the following response from Apple.
"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," said a spokesperson.
"This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas." µ