Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked from sale in Europe

Apple's ongoing patent lawsuit against Samsung has caused a court to rule against Samsung and thus keep its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet from being sold in most of Europe. The Telegraph web site reports that the Regional Court of Dusseldorf in Germany has granted Apple its injunction against Samsung that will only allow its recently launched tablet product to be sold in the Netherlands. Samsung can appeal the court's decision, but until that appeal is heard the injunction stands, meaning that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will have to be removed from store shelves in most of Europe. The article states that before the injunction was granted the tablet was the fastest selling device of its type since the launch of Apple's own iPad 2 in the UK.

Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung earlier this year saying that the company has violated Apple's patents on the design and the user interface for several of Samsung's products including the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. Earlier in August that same patent debate kept Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.0 in Australia. So far Samsung has yet to comment on this latest court decision. The big question is whether or not Apple will attempt to bring the same kind of injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to the US. The tablet started selling in US stores last June in 16 GB and 32 GB versions and more recently Verizon Wireless began selling versions of the tablet with its LTE-based 4G wireless service inside.

 

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dhruva said,
somebody should patent breathing and then no one is allowed to breathe..

You can't patent things that obscure and you know that. In fact, most of the time when people say a patent is very unspecific and broad they didn't read more than the abstract which tend to be very unspecific for some reason.

Also this has nothing to with patents.

I would never touch an apple product,but im glad they got that garbage called android off the shelves. Worst software ever. Cant wait for Windows 8.

vcfan said,
I would never touch an apple product,but im glad they got that garbage called android off the shelves. Worst software ever. Cant wait for Windows 8.

Android is still on the shelves... It's just that Samsungs Galaxy Tab 10.1 that infringes on Apples design has been taken down.

I think it is funny that no court decision has been made and yet countries are banning products. Pretty stupid if you ask me. No worries tho, they can probably order online and get it shipped.

I am looking forward to Apple getting knocked of its pedestal. Its coming unless they can find a way to be innovative again. As of right now, their innovation is ****.

techbeck said,
I think it is funny that no court decision has been made and yet countries are banning products. Pretty stupid if you ask me. No worries tho, they can probably order online and get it shipped.

I am looking forward to Apple getting knocked of its pedestal. Its coming unless they can find a way to be innovative again. As of right now, their innovation is ****.

"The Telegraph web site reports that the Regional Court of Dusseldorf in Germany has granted Apple its injunction against Samsung that will only allow its recently launched tablet product to be sold in the Netherlands. Samsung can appeal the court's decision, but until that appeal is heard the injunction stands, meaning that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will have to be removed from store shelves in most of Europe."

Note the part where it says the Regional Court of Dusseldorf in Germany has granted Apple its injunction against Samsung? Yea, that is your court decision. Samsung can appeal it but unless they come with very good arguments which is very plausible the injunction stands.

JaykeBird said,
Okay, really Apple? Stuff like this explains why I don't like you...

Can you be more ignorant thinking Apple is the only company that sues for patent infringement?

JaykeBird said,
Okay, really Apple? Stuff like this explains why I don't like you...

What exactly is it that you don't like? Them defending against companies infringing on their intellectual property?
Judging by what's happened so far courts and the law seem to be with them on this case

Leonick said,

What exactly is it that you don't like? Them defending against companies infringing on their intellectual property?
Judging by what's happened so far courts and the law seem to be with them on this case

It's the fact that Apple has sued a couple companies for patent infringement, and such (and I know others do too, but we don't hear about that as much) and because of that, competitor's products are being pulled off the shelves, leaving Apple with less competition to deal with. That and the fact that Apple itself hasn't innovated much in the iPhone 4 (in my opinion, with the exception of the new case) and other stuff as well... I just am not that big of a fan of Apple... I don't hate them, they're great at marketing and overall their products are of good quality and such... just... there's these things that make me don't like them...

Never owned an Apple product, doubt I ever will. This crap wouldn't fly, let alone stick to the wall, in any large Asian nation, nor will it in the States, unless you count eastern Texas...

but... " The point here is patent infringement, and Samsung in this case is doing it by industrial design " And guess who won?

So much ignorance everywhere i think, not only here. Who cares if android is number one OS, of course you will have a number one OS with hundreds or thousands cheapo devices supporting it and robbing every good feature out there. The point here is patent infringement, and Samsung in this case is doing it by industrial design, and promotion methods . Also is Google with everything they do, anyone here checked google+?? it should be closed as it is an exact Facebook copy. LOL

iguanas said,
So much ignorance everywhere i think, not only here. Who cares if android is number one OS, of course you will have a number one OS with hundreds or thousands cheapo devices supporting it and robbing every good feature out there. The point here is patent infringement, and Samsung in this case is doing it by industrial design, and promotion methods . Also is Google with everything they do, anyone here checked google+?? it should be closed as it is an exact Facebook copy. LOL
This has nothing to do with Android. You do realize Samsung makes devices with both Android and Windows Phone, right?

Robbing every good feature? Right, like ios 5 blatantly ripping off Android's notifications, not to mention BBM, and features from other mobile OS's.

You talk about ignorance, but look at your post...

Ridiculous, just ridiculous... Apple is just plain pathetic. They can't compete with Android, it's outgrowing them. They can't do anything against Android so this is what they do?

Coi said,
Ridiculous, just ridiculous... Apple is just plain pathetic. They can't compete with Android, it's outgrowing them. They can't do anything against Android so this is what they do?

Need to read up on the case, this is little to do with Android but to do with Samsung boring industrial design.

Coi said,
Ridiculous, just ridiculous... Apple is just plain pathetic. They can't compete with Android, it's outgrowing them. They can't do anything against Android so this is what they do?
Then why isn't Apple going after every Android manufacturer?

This case is about Samsung (and specifically Samsung) infringing on Apple's intellectual property.

Coi said,
Ridiculous, just ridiculous... Apple is just plain pathetic. They can't compete with Android, it's outgrowing them. They can't do anything against Android so this is what they do?

lol seriously? Apple is murdering everybody in the tablet market. Competition has absolutely nothing to do with this. Samsung infringed on Apple's patent, and Apple has every right in the world to defend it.

It's really sad how people point the finger at Apple when they not only defend their property, but also when they legally "copy" a feature, they are yet again the enemy. So it is completely fine for Samsung to illegally profit from Apple's property, right? Yeah it has to be fine since Apple is the enemy...

So much ignorance in this forum...

Astra.Xtreme said,

lol seriously? Apple is murdering everybody in the tablet market. Competition has absolutely nothing to do with this. Samsung infringed on Apple's patent, and Apple has every right in the world to defend it.

So much ignorance in this forum...

I believe Android has 30% of the market in Tabs. So yea, not murdering anyone. And competition has EVERYTHING to do with this. I will bet you all the money you have if Android wasnt doing as well as it is, then Samsung wouldnt be sued. Its Apple's only defense. They dont want to compete, they want to dominate.

Elliott said,
Then why isn't Apple going after every Android manufacturer?

This case is about Samsung (and specifically Samsung) infringing on Apple's intellectual property.

Why isnt apple going after every manufacturer? Because Samsung is doing soooo well, thats why. And suing over the look of the phone (hardware) is dumb as they look nothing alike. And the flat glass look....thats just plain stupid. Just proves Apple is being a bunch of bitches and they do not like competition. The UI looks similar, but that is it.

techbeck said,

I believe Android has 30% of the market in Tabs. So yea, not murdering anyone. And competition has EVERYTHING to do with this. I will bet you all the money you have if Android wasnt doing as well as it is, then Samsung wouldnt be sued. Its Apple's only defense. They dont want to compete, they want to dominate.

Wow all of Android only has 30%? Show me a single model that even compares to the iPad. Obviously Android would have the majority because the market is saturated with garbage Android tablets and maybe one or two almost decent ones. But no single model compares to what the iPad has done.

Again, this has nothing to do with competition. Read the article... Samsung is profiting off of patent infringement and Apple would be stupid to let it go. What would be the point of a patent if somebody else can use the idea to make money?

Stop trying to dance around the issue and make up garbage that doesn't have anything to do with the issue at charge. Nobody cares if you think Apple is "scared" of the competition. That's your opinion in your false reality.

Astra.Xtreme said,

I didn't stutter... Move on...

No thanks, I'd rather sit here and point out how inaccurate your opinion is.

Why do I need to compare an Android tablet to the iPad? The iPad is crap compared to some of the Android tablets I've used. Maybe you should move along as your fanboy stench is beginning to steep into the drapes.

nekkidtruth said,

No thanks, I'd rather sit here and point out how inaccurate your opinion is.

Why do I need to compare an Android tablet to the iPad? The iPad is crap compared to some of the Android tablets I've used. Maybe you should move along as your fanboy stench is beginning to steep into the drapes.

Yeah because "LMFAO....wut?" added so much to the discussion...
You lost all credibility at that point. Just an FYI.

Again, this has nothing to do with Android vs. iOS, so yet again, move on...
We don't care that you hate Apple, and we don't care if you think the iPad sucks. It has nothing to do with anything...

Coi said,
Ridiculous, just ridiculous... Apple is just plain pathetic. They can't compete with Android, it's outgrowing them. They can't do anything against Android so this is what they do?

Yes, they clearly are pathetic and wrong! It's not like the seem to have the law and courts on their side in this or anything, oh, wait...

nekkidtruth said,

No thanks, I'd rather sit here and point out how inaccurate your opinion is.

Why do I need to compare an Android tablet to the iPad? The iPad is crap compared to some of the Android tablets I've used. Maybe you should move along as your fanboy stench is beginning to steep into the drapes.


Eh, yea, about opinions, they are usually a rather personal thing, you can't usually say they are wrong...

The reason you should compare android tablets to the iPad is because they wouldn't exist without it.
As for the android tablets, most are pretty crappy compared to the iPad, specially the Honeycomb ones, the only decent ones are the 7inch tablets (preferably running gingerbread or something that is at least done), this is of course my opinion.

Not that any of that is relevant to this article...

Astra.Xtreme said,

Yeah because "LMFAO....wut?" added so much to the discussion...
You lost all credibility at that point. Just an FYI.

Again, this has nothing to do with Android vs. iOS, so yet again, move on...
We don't care that you hate Apple, and we don't care if you think the iPad sucks. It has nothing to do with anything...


Because you have credibility? The simple fact that you believe the Apple is "murdering" anything is more than enough to destroy your credibility. I'll move on if you will?

Leonick said,

Yes, they clearly are pathetic and wrong! It's not like the seem to have the law and courts on their side in this or anything, oh, wait...


Eh, yea, about opinions, they are usually a rather personal thing, you can't usually say they are wrong...

The reason you should compare android tablets to the iPad is because they wouldn't exist without it.
As for the android tablets, most are pretty crappy compared to the iPad, specially the Honeycomb ones, the only decent ones are the 7inch tablets (preferably running gingerbread or something that is at least done), this is of course my opinion.

Not that any of that is relevant to this article...

I hate to break it to you, but opinions aren't worth much if they're made without knowledge. Tablets existed before the iPad. Try again.

All the parties in the tech field need to stop infringing on each others patents/copyrights. It is that simple. Does it suck that the device is being blocked, sure. That's what Samsung gets though for not using its own technology. This is good for the overall industry as it forces every company to come up with new ways to do things constantly out of fear of being sued. It is either that or just stop being greedy ******* and pay for the license to use another parties license.

r u kidding me apple is nothing and yes apple need to realize that people want competition , and here is the bigger nightmare for apple Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with full power flash player , sorry apple ipad 1 or 2 cant view much of the web site that support flash player in another way u can view just half of wat u want .

Gaara sama said,
r u kidding me apple is nothing and yes apple need to realize that people want competition , and here is the bigger nightmare for apple Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with full power flash player , sorry apple ipad 1 or 2 cant view much of the web site that support flash player in another way u can view just half of wat u want .

This reads like a poorly written ad for an Android tablet.

I uninstalled Flash, and I'm doing just fine because the sites I visit use that HTML/CSS thing.

omgben said,

This reads like a poorly written ad for an Android tablet.

I uninstalled Flash, and I'm doing just fine because the sites I visit use that HTML/CSS thing.

Indeed, flash is rather annoying, what do I get out of it, some annoying adds that slow down the device and playback of videos on the web.

On iOS you don't get any flash ads just images which is far less annoying and doesn't slow the browser down, videos get served in a format playable with quicktime, quicktimes control never laggs unlike many flash-based players does on my 7inch galaxy tab.
Making things worse not even if i uninstall flash do I get served videos in another format most of the time i just get a missing plugin as the website saw that I used android and served me flash because of it...

Guess you could argue there are some decent mobile games built in flash, but there is no way they couldn't have been done as proper apps without flash, would probably up the performance...

devHead said,
What in particular is Apple suing about? The shape of icons, how apps open, how the screens flow?

The overall design pretty much, from how the front of the tab looks to the style of the icons and it's dock conector

djdanster said,
The patent system is a disgrace :<

Oh, it is? Oh well.
Not very relevant here though as this has nothing to do with patents.

I think it is time for Apple to get off their high horse and realize that consumers want competition in the market, without competition growth rarely happens.

littleneutrino said,
I think it is time for Apple to get off their high horse and realize that consumers want competition in the market, without competition growth rarely happens.
Competition? Are you serious? We don't need that nor do we need innovation or low prices. Pssh, Apple make best product and it has the wifis!

/s

I think Apple got what they wanted, and they would love it if the same happens in the US. Awesome job Apple, how 'bout you go innovate something for once?

r u kidding me apple is nothing and yes apple need to realize that people want competition , and here is the bigger nightmare for apple Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with full power flash player , sorry apple ipad 1 or 2 cant view much of the web site that support flash player in another way u can view just half of wat u want .

tsupersonic said,
Awesome job Apple, how 'bout you go innovate something for once?

Err, is this still sarcasm? Cos without Apple phones would still be back in the dark ages. While I might not agree with them going after Samsung with software patents, I think going after the other manufacturers with its multi-touch patent is fair enough. They invented multi-touch, they made it quite clear that they patented it, and the other manufacturers ripped it off.

Pc_Madness said,

Err, is this still sarcasm? Cos without Apple phones would still be back in the dark ages. While I might not agree with them going after Samsung with software patents, I think going after the other manufacturers with its multi-touch patent is fair enough. They invented multi-touch, they made it quite clear that they patented it, and the other manufacturers ripped it off.

Right, because WebOS, Android, and Windows Phone (also RIM) would totally be lost without Apple. Seriously, get over it, there are more companies than just Apple, and if Apple wasn't in the mobile industry, those 3 industries would compete and innovate.

Pc_Madness said,

Err, is this still sarcasm? Cos without Apple phones would still be back in the dark ages. While I might not agree with them going after Samsung with software patents, I think going after the other manufacturers with its multi-touch patent is fair enough. They invented multi-touch, they made it quite clear that they patented it, and the other manufacturers ripped it off.

You do realise they didn't invent multi touch... rather they just patented the idea of using multi touch gestures on a mobile phone... only a broken patent system would allow such ludicrous patents. It's like patenting the idea of voice commands, without any technology into how its achieved.

Gaara sama said,
r u kidding me apple is nothing and yes apple need to realize that people want competition

Ok, competition is good, but even with Android Tablets having a free open source OS; they still cost WAY more than ipads, and they perform much worst. Android Honeyomb (3.x) is not yet as good as iOS.

Android for smartphones is stable, and that's why I have only this (and not an iphone), but for tablets, not yet.

It might be the problem of the chicken and the egg, but unless Andoird for tablets become really good, it will not succeed as ipads are now.

(I want to get a tablet, and I was thinking about the galaxy tab 10.1, until i saw the price: it is/was sold in europe for no less than €550, an iPad 2 costs at least €100 less.)

and here is the bigger nightmare for apple Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with full power flash player , sorry apple ipad 1 or 2 cant view much of the web site that support flash player in another way u can view just half of wat u want .

I am no Apple fan (but recently I am becoming one), but I disagree with you about flash: flash is a bad technology in many ways: first its Security, how many breaches and viruses are out there because of flash player bugs?! Second, web sites made with only-flash are just so unusable, I agree that flash makes nice visual eye candy effects, but in terms of accessibility or usability it is HORRIBLE.

tsupersonic said,
Right, because WebOS, Android, and Windows Phone (also RIM) would totally be lost without Apple. Seriously, get over it, there are more companies than just Apple, and if Apple wasn't in the mobile industry, those 3 industries would compete and innovate.

If I remember apple did change a lot with mobile phones. A massive amount. You can't say they didn't. They made smart phones popular. Before the iPhone very few people would even contemplate buying a smart phone, but now it's all people buy. Apple did change the game, significantly, and it pushed it's competition to adapt. Without the iPhone we may not have had android, and windows phone 7 may have been very different to what it is today.