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  (Source: ipadforums.net)
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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This will never end
By Scootie on 8/10/2011 1:14:12 PM , Rating: 2
This patent terrorism will never end. If Id like to create some sort of a smartphone software, hardware or both I couldnt even make it to the drawing table cause this days every stupid no logic making things are already patented. Patents this days only hold back the technology. Isnt this clear enough?
I curently own an iphone 3GS but lately im ashamend of even showing it because of the tech community I live in know the difference between iOS and Android. My next phone will be some sort of a HTC phone but not because of my entourage but because if will be the right choice.




RE: This will never end
By lukarak on 8/10/2011 3:46:53 PM , Rating: 2
What does it mean that your community knows the difference between iOS and Android?


RE: This will never end
By mellomonk on 8/10/2011 4:43:41 PM , Rating: 2
Patent terrorism is far from unique to the phone space, and nothing new. The problem is not aggressive companies like Apple & Samsung, who's patent holdings are primarily a form of mutually assured destruction against each other, but rather the non-producing patent 'trolls'. They wait until a startup is funded and making a working product to pop up out of the woodwork and demand payment. They sit on portfolios of patents just to 'license' the property. Apparently licensing at the threat of a lawsuit threatening gun is quite effective.

The patent system is broken almost beyond repair. Most software patents are on processes and are so broad that nearly impossible to innovate around them to reach the same result. Listen to 'This American Life' from two weeks ago for and eyeopening look into the US patent system.

You can blame Apple all you want, but they are far from the biggest problem here. At least the have patents on things they actually make and are selling. They've been sued so many times as to fully know how to play this game. Everyone in this space is fully patented up and ready for battle. Don't think for a minute that if HTC had the patents to try and slow Apple down they wouldn't. They have been bold enough in the past to rip off designs and do whatever it takes. There are no angels in this game.


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