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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: Apple Stock
By mellomonk on 8/10/2011 11:11:46 AM , Rating: 2
Sell your Apple Stock? I want whatever your smoking. They may fall here and there, but it will never be flat. And I can point to about $77 billion reasons why they can create or buy whatever they need to compete where they choose and get their ideas to market.

I don't know if you have been keeping up with current events, but obviously 'looks and feel' are holding (off) more then water.

RE: Apple Stock
By SpaceJumper on 8/10/2011 1:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
Apple is taking great risks. Here are the battle field maps.
It will not be a win-win situation.
I am eager to hear from someone who own Apple shares. Do you?

RE: Apple Stock
By Tony Swash on 8/10/2011 7:00:08 PM , Rating: 2
I am eager to hear from someone who own Apple shares. Do you?

I do. I am keeping them. Apple, unlike everybody else, have had a twenty years strategy for the post PC world, listen to Steve Jobs various speeches back when he returned in 1997, listen to the vision he outlined. It came true. He rebuilt the company from the ground up in his image and now it purrs like a finely tuned machine whether Jobs is around or not. Apple sales will explode in China in the next two years. Apple will double in size. I am keeping my shares.

Google made a strategic mistake of immense proportions when it betrayed it's alliance with Apple and turned them into enemies. Android is an astoundingly bad strategy for Google to deal with the threat and opportunities of the post-pc world (in Google's case mostly threats). I can still see no sound reason why Google thinks Android is good for Google. I think they drifted into a ridiculous adventure partly through hubris and partly through poor corporate governance and poor leadership. Google will end up paying a very high price for Android. It's a shame really - they seemed so interesting for a while, perhaps a force for good and then they let themselves fall into being a sort of poor mans Microsoft V2 only without the gravity or clout. If you set out to seriously attack the business of most of the major large tech companies with products you don't actually make any money on you you end up making some very powerful enemies for no good reason. Madness.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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