German court clears Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N for sale

By on February 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM.

German court clears Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N for sale

A German court affirmed a preliminary ruling on Thursday that determined Samsung’s reworked tablet does not look so much like the iPad that it should be banned. The ruling comes as another blow to Apple, which is in the midst of several other lawsuits with rival smartphone and tablet makers over intellectual property. The court said that there were “clear differences” between the Galaxy Tab 10.1N and the iPad, reports Reuters. Apple and Samsung have been tangled in what seems like an endless patent battle in Germany, the Netherlands, the United States, Australia, Japan and Korea. Thus far, courts in several countries including the Netherlands, the United States and Australia have decided to allow Samsung to continue selling its Galaxy smartphones and tablets despite Apple’s continued efforts. More →

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German court denies Apple’s request to ban Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1N

By on February 1, 2012 at 2:20 PM.

German court denies Apple’s request to ban Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1N

The Munich Regional Court in Germany on Wednesday rejected Apple’s request to ban Samsung’s local subsidiaries from selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet. “Samsung has shown that it is more likely than not that the patent will be revoked because of a technology that was already on the market before the intellectual property had been filed for protection,” Judge Andreas Mueller said. In September, Samsung’s local retailer arm was banned from selling the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet but the South Korea-based company skirted the ban by released a tweaked device called the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Apple felt the new tablet  still infringed its patents, however, and asked the court to ban that device as well in November. In late December the presiding judge over the case said Apple was unlikely to win a ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1N and a Dutch court rejected a similar request from Apple on January 24th. More →

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Apple files new design lawsuit against Samsung in Germany

By on January 17, 2012 at 10:15 AM.

Apple files new design lawsuit against Samsung in Germany

Apple has filed a new complaint targeting 10 Samsung smartphones that allegedly infringe the Cupertino-based company’s design patents. The suit was filed in the Dusseldorf Regional Court, with Apple also filing a separate suit citing five Samsung tablet models. Last month, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab 10.1N that featured a new bezel and a slightly modified design. Apple filed a new complaint seeking to ban sales of the tweaked model, but the Dusseldorf court said it was unlikely to grant an injunction against the redesigned tablet. An appeals court also voiced doubts about the reach of Apple’s European Union design right, which was the driving force behind the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction. The new suits aren’t filed under emergency proceedings, allowing Apple a new procedure against both models. A spokesman for Samsung, who declined to be identified, confirmed to Bloomberg that the company had received formal notice of both suits. More →

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Apple unlikely to win German ban on tweaked Samsung tablet

By on December 22, 2011 at 8:20 AM.

Apple unlikely to win German ban on tweaked Samsung tablet

Apple is not likely to succeed in its efforts to ban Samsung’s revised flagship tablet in Germany, the judge presiding over the case said on Thursday. The Dusseldorf court in September banned a local Samsung subsidiary from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany after determining that the design of Samsung’s tablet copied the iPad too closely. “Other designs are possible,” Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann said at the time, and Samsung came back with a tweaked Galaxy Tab 10.1N in November that included changes intended to help Samsung skirt the ban. Apple filed a new complaint later that month in an effort to block sales of the revised slate, but the judge said on Thursday that Apple is unlikely to win this time around. Judge Brueckner-Hofmann said Samsung’s changes appear to have addressed the problem areas she saw in its original 10-inch tablet, Bloomberg Businesweek reported, though an official determination has not yet been made. More →

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Apple seeks to ban Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany

By on November 30, 2011 at 6:25 PM.

Apple seeks to ban Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany

Samsung’s tweaks to the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 weren’t enough to satisfy Apple’s legal team. Apple successfully banned Samsung’s German subsidiaries from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 after it accused the South Korea-based company of patent infringement. Samsung responded by releasing a modified Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet it believed had addressed all of Apple’s concerns. Unfortunately, Apple isn’t satisfied with the changes and it wants to ban Samsung from selling the new tablet as well. A hearing for Apple’s request for an injunction is scheduled for December 22nd, Dow Jones Newswires said. The two companies have been locked in patent-related legal battles around the globe and currently have similar ongoing cases in the United States, Japan, France and Australia. More →

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Samsung launches tweaked tablet in Germany to circumvent ban

By on November 16, 2011 at 3:15 PM.

Samsung launches tweaked tablet in Germany to circumvent ban

Samsung relaunched the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Germany with a few changes that it hopes will help it steer clear of additional legal troubles with Apple. The first tweak is its name: the company is now calling its tablet the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, FOSSPatents said. It appears the tablet may also have additional metal framing on the front bezel, which is likely a tweak from the company’s product team to help further distinguish the device from the iPad. Samsung’s German-based subsidiaries were banned from selling the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 after a court-ordered injunction was levied against the product. As FOSSPatents explains, the Galaxy Tab 10.1N could result in further litigation, since Apple was fighting to protect “a set of characteristics and the overall impression” the iPad makes, and it’s unclear if the Galaxy Tab 10.1N addressed every concern. The tablet is currently on sale from local online retailer cyberport.de for €549.00. More →

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