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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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By ltcommanderdata on 8/9/2011 7:02:53 PM , Rating: 1
If it isn't about money, then why waste money fighting this fight? They are a business, after all. They must see a monetary advantage in filing these lawsuits, right?

I'm just thinking that money is not the direct reason for these lawsuits. As in, the reason for Apple suing is not purely for some huge damage payout. I think they believe they make great products and that there are certain, unique, innovative features that make their products great and those should be protected. By keeping those features proprietary, they are then able to set themselves apart form the competition, increase sales, and ultimately make money that way.

This is probably why they haven't settled with a cross-licensing deal yet. The goal isn't some payout and then business as usual at Samsung and others. The goal is to get a ban to force Samsung to remove the causes of infingement. Now whether the patents should have been granted in the first place is another matter. But, now that they have been granted, Apple thinks they should be defended.

By Ramstark on 8/10/2011 4:43:30 PM , Rating: 3
I think they believe they make great products and that there are certain, unique, innovative features that make their products great and those should be protected

Yeah right...the "rounded edges shape" is a unique innovative feature...Please read all the comments or at least the article before posting...

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