Galaxy Tab 7.7 banned in Europe in patent case
Galaxy Tab 7.7 imitates Apple design in an 'unacceptable manner,' a German court rules. But it allows sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1N, which no longer infringes Apple patents or designs.
A Duesseldorf court has issued a split decision in a patent dispute between rivals Apple andSamsung¬†over two of the Korean company's tablet computers.
California-based Apple sued to have sales of both the¬†Samsung¬†Galaxy¬†Tab¬†10.1N and the¬†Galaxy¬†Tab¬†7.7 stopped.
But the Duesseldorf state court ruled Tuesday that¬†Samsung¬†made enough changes to the¬†Galaxy¬†Tab¬†10.1 in its 10.1N that it no longer infringes upon any Apple iPad patents or designs.
It said, however, that the back and sides of the smaller¬†Galaxy¬†Tab¬†7.7 imitated the Apple design in an "unacceptable manner" and ordered European sales stopped.
Samsung¬†Electronics and Apple Inc. are engaged in a strategic war over patents in many countries andSamsung¬†typically responds to such rulings with design tweaks.