Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban in Germany upheld


Spot the difference.

Samsung's Galaxy 10.1 tablet still cannot be sold in Germany, no matter how hard Samsung may want it to be. That's the decision that was made today in a German court which upheld a previous sales ban of the Android-powered device. Reuters reports that a regional court in Duesseldorf, Germany made the decision today, which gives something of a symbolic victory to Apple.

Several months ago, Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung in Germany, stating that the design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was too close to that of Apple's iPad. A court in Germany agreed and banned the sales of the tablet in September, with the judge in the case saying there was a "clear impression of similarity" between the two tablets.

While the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will likely never be sold in Germany, Samsung has already released a redesigned version of the tablet ,the Galaxy Tab. 10.1 N, just for German consumers. The tablet has some superficial design changes such as moving the speakers to the front instead of having them on the side of the tablet. The bezel for the Galaxy Tab 10.1N also has a silver color compared to the original's black and white.

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cekicen said,

as still1 said "Spot the difference." ???
I'm sure John Callaham is 100% fanboy, read previous posts.
But neobond is replying all posts here, fanboy much?
Recommendation: Stop talking.

.Neo said,

It's there the moment you don't side with Samsung.

No doubt. There is no such thing as neutral anymore. If you aren't aggressively against Apple then you are an iSheep stuck in a reality distortion field. I think more and more people see the rhetoric that goes on in these comments. Frankly, my eye sockets are worn from the constant eye rolling.

So today, I got a call from a customer telling me that they have an iPad that they recorded movies and videos on and they needed help burning them to a dvd. Well they bring the "iPad" to my house, they get it out and hand it to me. You could immediately tell it was in fact not an iPad. As it turns out it was a Motorola Xoom. I told them, This isn't an iPad, it's a Motorola Xoom running Android. She said, Oh I thought was an iPad.

And the box of the product was written what? LOL unless she bought it used and the selling person told her it was an Ipad...

Xenosion said,
I don't get how a consumer's ignorance is related?

You don't?!?! you must be stupid. It's EXACTLY relevant, replace Germany Justice with the public and you get uneducated PEOPLE, that's how you bafoon

rijp said,

You don't?!?! you must be stupid. It's EXACTLY relevant, replace Germany Justice with the public and you get uneducated PEOPLE, that's how you bafoon


I'm pretty sure the politicians in Germany know the tablet brand and models for which they are legislating.

I think this has more to do with the fact that "iPad" is becoming a commonplace name for tablets in the same way "Kleenex" is commonplace for tissue.

OK, this is absolutely stupid!!! Yes they look the same....but only because of the Form Factor!!

Simply ridiculous - I'm off to sue Ford for making the Focus look too much like a Fiat Bravo /sarcasm

Glad this was upheld. There are plenty of ways to design a tablet, so it shouldn't be that difficult for Samsung to observe how the others do it.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Glad this was upheld. There are plenty of ways to design a tablet, so it shouldn't be that difficult for Samsung to observe how the others do it.

Erm - read your sentence back again. The whole problem as far as Apple are concerned is that they "observed how others do it" in the first place. It's absolutely ridiculous to think that ideas don't breed other ideas with commonalities.

It's human nature ffs!

Wiggz said,

Erm - read your sentence back again. The whole problem as far as Apple are concerned is that they "observed how others do it" in the first place. It's absolutely ridiculous to think that ideas don't breed other ideas with commonalities.

It's human nature ffs!

This is a case of patent infringement though. It's one thing to base a design on existing ideas, but it's another to take the design and use it almost verbatim. That's the problem here.

The Droid Xyborg is a class example of one of the many really nice looking ways to design a tablet. And quite honestly, if the Xyborg had better specs, I'd sell my iPad and buy one of those since it physically looks much nicer than the iPad, imo.

Neobond said,
Except for the fact that Samsung supplies most of the parts for the iPad lol

really that's the difference? Apple employees Samsung to do a job and because Samsung uses the same similar look, they MUST be stealing ideas?

That's just brilliant.

Why don't car manufacturers sue each other then.. because they are OBVIOUSLY clones of each other, a shell with 4 wheels and seats.. yeah that idea is ALL stolen from Ford.. maybe Ford should just sue the entire world for copyright.

Neobond said,
Except for the fact that Samsung supplies most of the parts for the iPad lol

really that's the difference? Apple employees Samsung to do a job and because Samsung uses the same similar look, they MUST be stealing ideas?

That's just brilliant.

Why don't car manufacturers sue each other then.. because they are OBVIOUSLY clones of each other, a shell with 4 wheels and seats.. yeah that idea is ALL stolen from Ford.. maybe Ford should just sue the entire world for copyright.

Astra.Xtreme said,

This is a case of patent infringement though. It's one thing to base a design on existing ideas, but it's another to take the design and use it almost verbatim. That's the problem here.

Except that Germany is the ONLY country so far that sees it that way.. everyone else has the common sense to see this for what it REALLY is , Apple trying to stifle the competition, if you don't see it that way, maybe you need glasses.

rijp said,

Except that Germany is the ONLY country so far that sees it that way.. everyone else has the common sense to see this for what it REALLY is , Apple trying to stifle the competition, if you don't see it that way, maybe you need glasses.

You do realize that patent system works differently in each country, right? Samsung being busted even once shows that they are doing something wrong. Like I said, there are plenty of ways to design a tablet. Samsung choose to go the lazy route and copy the iPad. In the end, they deserve to be busted. If this case was the other way around, people here would be throwing parties and burning pictures of Steve Jobs. People seem to look past their common sense and go straight to the Apple-hate...

Neobond said,
Except for the fact that Samsung supplies most of the parts for the iPad lol

Which has little to do with the design of the casing.

rijp said,

really that's the difference? Apple employees Samsung to do a job and because Samsung uses the same similar look, they MUST be stealing ideas?

That's just brilliant.

Why don't car manufacturers sue each other then.. because they are OBVIOUSLY clones of each other, a shell with 4 wheels and seats.. yeah that idea is ALL stolen from Ford.. maybe Ford should just sue the entire world for copyright.

The concept of a car would be a patent, how it looks would be copyright. Either way since the invention of the car both would have expired.

Neobond said,
Except for the fact that Samsung supplies most of the parts for the iPad lol

If I made a product and secured a major supplier for components, and that major supplier turned around and ripped off my product I'd be pretty ****ed off too.

I did not read the article, but did the German courts even consider the recent Samsung victory in the Netherlands (I believe)? They looked at several different tablets vs. the German courts previously only looking at what, one or two? Do the judges over there in Germany have good eyeglasses? Seems like they are just not looking at enough tablets like the other country did.

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