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Apple says Galaxy Tab 10.1 copies the iPad 2's interface, hardware and packaging

In April of this year, Apple launched a lawsuit against mobile competitor Samsung, saying that the South Korean electronics maker stole the interface elements and exterior design of iOS gadgets to make their own. Then, in June 2011, Apple sued Samsung a second time for allegedly copying the design of the iPhone 3G to make the Samsung Galaxy S. 

As if that wasn't enough, Apple successfully caused a ban on Samsung's Australian tablet sales after suing the company for allegedly copying the design of the iPad 2 for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. 

Now, Apple has pulled the same maneuver with Samsung's European tablet sales. The Regional Court of Dusseldorf has granted Apple a preliminary injunction against the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 throughout Europe with the exception of the Netherlands. The judge agreed that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringed on Apple's intellectual property, copying certain characteristics of the iPad 2.

According to intellectual property analyst Florian Muller, Apple has a separate lawsuit occurring in the Netherlands.

"The exception of the Netherlands is due to the aforementioned separate legal proceeding in that country," said Muller. "That exception relates only to Samsung's Korean parent company, not to the German subsidiary."

Samsung just launched the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 device in Britain last week, but all product must now be taken off the shelves. Some retailers noted that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was the fastest-selling tablet since the iPad 2 launched earlier this year.

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

Samsung could appeal against the judgment, but the injunction will remain in place regardless in the meantime. Also, an appeal would be heard by the same judge, and would take about a month to be heard. While Samsung decided to countersue Apple back in April for the previous lawsuit, it is unclear if it will appeal the current judgment. 

Apple was named most valuable company in the U.S. today for briefly surpassing Exxon in market value, but Android is dominating the mobile market and it seems like Apple's answer to competition is to eliminate it entirely.

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RE: ugh
By lagomorpha on 8/9/2011 6:25:42 PM , Rating: 5
I call it "patent terrorism".

RE: ugh
By Tony Swash on 8/9/11, Rating: -1
RE: ugh
By sprockkets on 8/9/2011 7:36:39 PM , Rating: 2
Lots of righteous indignation based on zero facts - one can only assume the righteous indignation comes pre-packaged and pre-prepared and is not related to any actual facts. As far as I know the details of this the case are still confidential and thus nobody knows on what basis Apple complained or on what basis this complaint was upheld.

How about this fact?

The tablet, which launched in Britain last week, must now be removed from shelves and Samsung must stop marketing it. According to some retailers, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 became the fastest-selling tablet since the iPad 2 when it launched in Britain.

GFY Tony.

RE: ugh
By tayb on 8/9/11, Rating: -1
RE: ugh
By sprockkets on 8/9/2011 8:24:26 PM , Rating: 2
You want "unbiased"? Go to the appleinsider forums where you can enjoy the koolaid.

Otherwise, this is a tech site where people free of the RDF meet.

If you don't like it, you can GFY too.

RE: ugh
By tayb on 8/9/11, Rating: -1
RE: ugh
By sprockkets on 8/9/2011 9:48:05 PM , Rating: 5
In your world there can only be two sides.

No not at all. There are more than one OS for phones, but apple only sees Android, and only apple sues over the look and feel of stuff.

You're childish rhetoric and temper tantrums aren't convincing anyone of anything. Please keep on telling people to "GFY." It's highly convincing.

You're new here aren't you? Why don't you stop and look at where Tony Swash posts here, and see where I post? I post everywhere, while he only posts 3 page long posts copied and pasted from his FUD collection held in the icloud.

Btw, judging by the likes vs. dislikes vs. the rebuttal video, people find making fun of the iphone4 much more entertaining.

RE: ugh
By Solandri on 8/9/2011 8:03:31 PM , Rating: 5
In the mean time a gold star to anyone who can actually describe on this forum the actual technical content of Apple's complaint in this particular case.

The injunction is based on Community Design Registration 000181607 granted to Apple by the EU. Basically Apple was granted the design trademark on a flat rectangle with rounded corners.

www dot scribd dot com/fullscreen/61944044
(trying to get this past the spam filter)

Samsung had the audacity to make its tablet also a flat rectangle with rounded corners. The EU court granted a preliminary injunction on the basis that Samsung's tablet violates this design trademark.

Whether or not this is silly is left as an exercise for the reader.

RE: ugh
By drycrust3 on 8/10/2011 12:02:38 PM , Rating: 4
Basically Apple was granted the design trademark on a flat rectangle with rounded corners.

Now we can't even buy TV dinner.

RE: ugh
By geddarkstorm on 8/10/2011 12:18:34 PM , Rating: 4
Not unless it comes with apple pie.

RE: ugh
By PaterPelligrino on 8/9/2011 8:48:12 PM , Rating: 5
Tony, have you ever made a post to this forum that wasn't a partisan defense of Apple? Surely you're on Steve's payroll. Otherwise, you're one sorry dude babe. So is it your opinion that Apple is always right, always the best, can never do wrong? It's just a gadget maker ffs, why spend your every waking moment going to bat for a company? Brand name fixation is something you expect from fashion-crazed teenagers.

However, if you've got some physical problem that confines you to your bedroom and prevents you from interacting with real people, and this obsessive identification with Apple fulfills some kind of psychological need that isn't being met in normal ways, forgive this post.

RE: ugh
By B3an on 8/10/2011 4:32:37 PM , Rating: 2
I dont think he's on Apples payroll. Because all people like Tony do is make Apple and it's fans look like total morons. Which they are.

We should all be thanking Tony.

RE: ugh
By Nem0 on 8/10/2011 2:10:56 AM , Rating: 2
Your argument sounds like a Kantian approach to morality. The flaw in your argument lies in the fact that you assume all these ideal rational people have come together and reasoned things out. Thus your argument collapses in upon itself, for the world we live in is more skewed than you seem to give it credit for.

RE: ugh
By Kiffberet on 8/10/11, Rating: -1
RE: ugh
By Camikazi on 8/10/2011 9:27:21 PM , Rating: 2
OMG a tablet PC that looks like... wait for it... A TABLET. Seriously now the rounded corners are for comfort the rectangular shape is to accommodate a monitor that is a standard resolution (16:9 or 4:3 both rectangles). Those 2 things are NOT innovations, they are common sense things, even old, early tablet had somewhat rounded edges and rectangular shape.

RE: ugh
By Kiffberet on 8/12/2011 8:04:19 AM , Rating: 2
I guess I could make a car that looks just like a Porche 911, call it a Poach, and put the gas cap on the opposite side.

No one (apart from the courts) could dare tell me I copied it. It's clearley marked Poach and the gas cap is on the left, not right. Any retard could tell the difference!!

RE: ugh
By Reclaimer77 on 8/10/11, Rating: 0
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