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Apple Just Banned the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 From Europe

Steven Blum
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In the ongoing death match between Apple and Samsung, Apple landed a sharp punch today as it won a ban against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 across all of Europe. According to a Dusseldorf court, Samsung infringed on an Apple drawing from 2004.The court rejected Samsung's argument that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 ban should apply only to Germany, instead of across the entire EU.

Samsung released a statement which I'm sure you'll agree with:

“Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted.”

For those keeping score at home, this ruling is the second significant victory in Apple's fight against Samsung tablets since February. The same court in Dusseldorf ruled that month that the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 had infringed upon Apple patents. Apple wasn't successful this time, though, in their case against the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, which remains unaffected by the ban.

In the U.K, Apple lost its case against the Galaxy Tab 7.7, and a judge ordered Apple to publicly state on their website that Samsung was found innoncent of infringement. This most recent case could cause some confusion in the U.K.

It may not actually matter to Samsung in the long run if the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is banned, considering the steep competition from the Nexus 7 and the next Kindle Fire. But it's another annoying reminder that these patent wars are far from over.

(Top photo: Engadget)

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    DaBartonator Jul 24, 2012 Link

    I want to see Apple go after a nexus device, yes samsung is a huge company be goggles bigger.

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  • Steven Blum Jul 24, 2012 Link

    Apple and Google are already involved in a number of high-profile disputes, and Google has (in the past) backed up manufacturers like Motorola and Samsung. In this case, I think they didn't get involved because the dispute was over the design of the tablet, not the software running on it.

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  • Eric McBride Jul 24, 2012 Link

    Complete BS. British courts laughed at Apple over the Galaxy Tab 10.1 case. The damn tablets look NOTHING alike. Cant believe this ruling was upheld.

    Unreal.

    @DaBartonator - I'm start to see it the same way. Google needs to really bring the hammer DOWN. Apple sauce dammit!

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  • Stan Jez Jul 24, 2012 Link

    The Samsung g3 was designed by their legal boffs.... or so the story goes.... So what happened here?
    I agree with the applesauce sentiment.

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  • Steven Blum Jul 24, 2012 Link

    I disagree. The answer is not a continuous state of war. Foresight is desperately needed. We must radically reform the way patents are awarded and defended, or these court cases will continue into infinity.

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