Apple loses against Galaxy Tab 10.1; manages to ban 7.7 EU-wide

It wouldn't be a normal week in the tech industry without Apple and Samsung coming to blows. It's only Tuesday, and the two companies have already got themselves into something that'll get both of them more attention.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 kinda looked like an iPad, right? Apple thought so, and a court in Germany sided with them. That was all it took for the company to be able to ban sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country, forcing Samsung to redesign the product. The redesigned model, the Tab 10.1N is now apparently not sufficient.

Apple would like to ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1N now, despite it being considered an acceptable redesign that did not infringe on the Cupertino company's design. Germany disagrees, this time. Apple's bid to ban the 10.1N has failed, after a judge in the city of Düsseldorf rejected their argument.


Galaxy Tab 10.1, and 10.1N. Take a guess which is which.

Back in February a lower court had rejected the same proposal from Apple, who took it higher in a drive to prevent Samsung's Android tablet reaching the market, even in a redesigned manner. Rulings have still went Apple's way with the Galaxy Tab 7.7, which was banned from sale in all 27 European Union countries. Apple has been fighting the tablet war for about a year now, in constant conflict with Samsung. Predictably neither company wants to back down in these conflicts.

Famously, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was allowed to be sold in the United Kingdom earlier this month, after a judge ruled the design wasn't 'as cool' as the iPad. Considering the reason the whole argument for banning the 10.1 was that it looked too like an iPad, the judge might just have provided people everywhere with an argument in either direction.

Still, Apple can be happy to have been able to ban the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the EU. With how this dispute has progressed, Samsung is only going to hit back. If they didn't fight back, we might actually see an end to this, so don't expect that.

Source: News Organizer
10.1 & 10.1N images: The Next Web

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DKAngel said,
i still dont see how that looks anything like a ****ing ipad?

On the other hand, I CAN see how it looks like an iPad:
- Rounded rectangle
- Black-ish bezel
- Rectangular screen
- Shiny

I just can't see how you can patent such a generic design like that. That is, in fact, the optimal design for a tablet, and it's common sense too.

Oh for ****s sake Apple.. You make a generic looking product but don't claim copyright on the entirety of tablet devices, chances are you're going to get a device that SORT OF MAYBE KIND OF looks like the iPad, live with it.

I think im going to quit computer science and become a lawyer and open a firm. Win a couple of million dollars patent cases sell firm live happily ever after, sounds like quick bucks.

bcs said,
If you can't innovate, litigate... That's the Apple way.

lol, agreed.
Apple did innovate with the iPhone. But it's been what, 6 years with the same interface and device stylings (sort of). Just updated hardware. The iPad wasn't innovative, as it really is just a larger version of the iPhone.

yeoo_andy_ni said,

lol, agreed.
Apple did innovate with the iPhone. But it's been what, 6 years with the same interface and device stylings (sort of). Just updated hardware. The iPad wasn't innovative, as it really is just a larger version of the iPhone.

I hear people say the iOS interface hasn't changed much.. and I wonder, so what ? It's a great UI, works very well.. why Should they be making drastic changes?

It says more about the other Mobile OS's that they are constantly changing their design to try and find one that resonates with the consumers..

Ryoken said,

I hear people say the iOS interface hasn't changed much.. and I wonder, so what ? It's a great UI, works very well.. why Should they be making drastic changes?

It says more about the other Mobile OS's that they are constantly changing their design to try and find one that resonates with the consumers..

Or, stay with me on this one: Apple can't come up with anything new with their OS. The only major changes they've made are ones (hang on, this might jar you a bit) they stole from Android.

Of course it could also be that they don't have the funds to dump into an OS redesign. All their billions are spoken for by waaambulance chasers.

Got to love Apple. /s

I read this on another site as well. With all of the other BS bans Apple has gotten, this one has no reasoning behind it. So either they have not released the reasons why yet...or Apple just doesnt need any reasons. Which I wouldnt be surprised about.

Every bleeding tablet on the market is going to look like the iPad. If anything it's a compliment to their design.
Truely Apple must fear Samsung and the Galaxy tablet range as, to be frank, they are pathetic enough to sue them just because it "looks" the same as their design. Samsung should be proud as they've made a device that Apple are, from the outside anyway, worried about taking a few iPad sales.

So Jobians, BMW should have Sued Ford and all other "AUTO" makers for making a Product with 4 wheels and motor , frame shaped like rectangle so no others could be made?
You Jobian Fanatics prove Apple is not a company just a CULT.

Hang on... Since when can a German court ban a product in the -entire- EU? Germany, sure.. But for an EU ban, it has to go to the EU courts...

FloatingFatMan said,
Hang on... Since when can a German court ban a product in the -entire- EU? Germany, sure.. But for an EU ban, it has to go to the EU courts...

yep, that's what i said (back in the foruns)! how could a regional court from one coutry issue a continental ban? it's like some court from some state issue a America ban.

Shadrack said,
I'm starting to notice a trend on Neowin regarding Apple news...

yup, Apple = ridicule

Android = ohhh the glory!!

Sasung should take the 10.1 and sell it at the cost of the 7.7 so theuy can sell 50M in just one month and kick Aple to the curb. In fact I may write Samsung and suggest they dojust that. Since they are going to lose money on not being able to sell one of them, may as well sell as many of the one you can sell.

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