Apple wins German court ruling against Samsung PC tablet

10.9.11

The resemblance is uncanny


It appears that Apple is the only company that can make minimalist rectangular pc tablet design in Germany.

A trade court in Dusseldorf, Germany has found Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (SEO 005930) guilty of violating Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) patented design, which is featured in the iPad.

The latest hearing went in Apple's favour and means the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is again banned from sale across Germany.


The "minimalist, modern form" of the two products gave a "clear impression of similarity".
- Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hoffmann


By contrast, a Dutch court ruled last month that it found no infringement for Samsung's pc tablets. 

Apple repeated its usual statement saying that: "This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."

Samsung has indeed confirmed it will appeal the decision and warned the ruling "severely limits consumer choice in Germany" and "restricts design innovation and progress in the industry."
 
In a global intellectual property battle, Apple has claimed the Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets "slavishly" copied the iPhone and iPad and has sued the Korean company in the United States, Australia, Japan and Korea as well as in Europe.

Samsung, whose tablets are based on Google Inc's Android software, has counter-sued Apple.

On Thursday, Apple had also filed a suit against Samsung in Japan, seeking to ban sales of some of its gadgets there.

7 comments:

Jake said...

Often I feel that companies leech off eachother almost like students who cheat do in school /:

gets to me sometimes

Major.Mack said...

Apple annoys me

Steph (Twirling in a Red Dress) said...

Kinda siding with Apple on this one - everybody wants a piece of their money, so they steal their ideas! Not cool yo

Joana Galhardo said...

yeah...apple doesn't know how to play nice with the other kids!

Publius said...

lol, well... haters gonna hate.

Mobias said...

I hope apple crashes and burns.

dragonslayer said...

gotta love the power of apple

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