Apple Wins Injunction Against Samsung in Germany
Stuttgart, Germany (4E) – German website Webwereld reported that Apple was successful in its injunction against the sale of Samsung’s 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab. The injunction is in effect not only in Germany but in every country included in the European Union. The German court responsible for the ruling declared that Samsung infringed on Apple’s tablet design drawings created eight years ago. The Korean-based electronics company insisted that the Galaxy Tab tablet should only be banned in Germany since that is where the injunction was filed. The judge did not hear Samsung’s plea and its ban of the 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab still stands.
Samsung released in a statement via The Next Web: “Samsung welcomes the court’s ruling which confirms our position that the GALAXY Tab 10.1N does not infringe Apple’s intellectual property and does not infringe laws against unfair competition. Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted.”
It will be confusing for retailers because just a few days ago a United Kingdom court found that Samsung did not infringe on any of Apple’s patents and intellectual properties. The United Kingdom judge who ruled in favor of Samsung declared that the company’s products were “not as cool” as Apple’s and thus couldn’t have possibly copied from the Cupertino-based company. He required Apple to publicly admit that Samsung did not copy any of their products.
Apple did win its previous case against Samsung in February concerning the Galaxy Tab 10.1 after losing in the original case filed in January.
The Next Web adds, “The fierce legal dispute between Apple and Samsung has gotten even tenser in recent months as courts have begun issuing rulings on cases. In the U.S., Samsung is currently fighting preliminary injunctions against both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its Galaxy Nexus smartphone.”
There is currently about 30 legal cases between Apple and Samsung.