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A GERMAN COURT has granted Apple a Europe wide ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 for infringing Ipad design patents, although it denied the firm a ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1N.
The Dusseldorf Regional Court ruled today that Apple could seek a preliminary ban on Samsung's 7.7in tablet, saying that it infringes Apple design patents. Unlike previous bans the tablet won't be banned just in Germany - it will be removed from store shelves across the whole of Europe.
Samsung understandably was unhappy, saying, "Samsung is disappointed with the court's ruling. 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."
It wasn't all good news for Apple, though. The German court denied the cappuccino company a ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet, a modified version of the original Galaxy Tab 10.1. However, given that Samsung has announced a successor to the 10.1N - the Galaxy Tab 10.1 2 - this decision is unlikely to significantly benefit the Korean electronics giant.
In a statement, Samsung said, "Samsung welcomes the court's ruling which confirms our position that the Galaxy Tab 10.1N does not infringe Apple's intellectual property and does not infringe laws against unfair competition.
"Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted." µ
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