The patent war is getting dirtier by the day. Just a week after winning a similar case in Australia, Apple has now won a preliminary injunction against Samsung which would stop the sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the whole of European Union except for the Netherlands.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 went on sale in U.K last week and was seen to be the fastest selling tablet after iPad. Now, Samsung must take them off the shelves for at-least a month, till the German court restart the hearing.

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The preliminary injunction was granted by the Regional court of Dusseldorf in Germany where the judge backed Apple’s claims that the Samsung’s Android tablet infringes the patented design of the Apple’s iPad 2. Samsung will be allowed to appeal against the judgement, but any appeal would be heard only in around four weeks. Till that time, Samsung will not be able to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe, except in Netherlands, where Apple has filed a separate lawsuit.

Apple vs Samsung

Apple claims that Samsung has blatantly copied the design, look and feel of devices like iPhone and iPad, thereby infringing upon many of Apple’s patents. Even in Australia, Apple had filed and successfully won a similar suit against Samsung, which resulted in the delay of Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch.

It all started back in April 2011, when Apple alleged and sued Samsung in the US, accusing the Korean company of violating some of their patents. However, the United States ITC hasn’t yet delivered any such drastic judgements thus far in the US.

Toughest Competitor to iPad

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Both the iPad versions have had an unbelievable run so far all over the world, thanks to sub-standard competition from the likes of Samsung, Motorola and RIM. Samsung’s latest entrant, galaxy Tab 10.1 was touted to be the closest and possibly the toughest competitor to Cupertino giant’s iPad 2 tablet. With Android 3.1, 1GB RAM, a slightly higher resolution screen, thinner and a nice design overall, Galaxy Tab had enough to take on the latest iPad.

An Apple spokesperson minced no words when he called the Samsung’s latest product as a mere copycat!

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape to the UI and even packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s IP when companies steal our ideas.”

I must say, from the looks of it, Apple has a strong hold in this case against Samsung. These two injunctions back-to-back only proves that. Samsung and Google have built strong hopes with Galaxy Tab 10.1, but the injunctions have come at a wrong time just when the tablet was getting launched. Fandroids have every right to call it a foul, while Fanboys have every reason to celebrate. We just need to see where it goes from here.

Update 1 (15th Aug 2011): There are some reports that Apple might have misled the court by altering the drawings/images of Galaxy tab 10.1 in the documents filed in the court.

Update 2 (16th Aug 2011): The Dusseldorf district court has issued an interim statement which allows Samsung to sell The Galaxy Tab 10.1 in all European Nations, except Germany. The next official hearing is scheduled for August 25th and the ruling can be over-turned again at that time.

 
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  • Dave

    “Both the iPad versions have had an unbelievable run so far all over the world, thanks to sub-standard competition from the likes of Samsung, Motorola and RIM. ”

    Yea, THAT’S the only reason. Nice to see that thinly-cloaked anti-Apple agenda in a so-called “objective” piece.

    • http://techpp.com Raju PP

      iPhone too had a similar run till android starting holding ground. There’s nothing anti-apple or any other agenda

      • Jon Garrett

        your article is a crock of shit and you really should do a little research before you start writing articles like this which do nothing but spread the flames of ignorance.

        Samsung did NOT copy the look or feel of the iPad, its the other way around. the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is an evolution in design of Samsung’s tablets that go all the way back to 2006 starting with the Q1 AND the Samsung Picture Frame.

        the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a descendant of the Galaxy Tab which is a descendant of the Q1EX.

        Apple’s patent claim against Samsung has nothing to do with Packaging or UI, it has to do with the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Tab is;
        – a Tablet
        – With rounded corners
        – and a Bezel.

        the Samsung Picture frame is the inspiration for the Apple iPad.

        You really should get off your sorry as and do a quick Google search for images of the Samsung Picture frame of 2006 and compare it to the iPad and the 10.1 then come back here and tell us who copied from who.

        As for inferior quality from Samsung, guess who makes about 60% of the components of Apple’s devices? Samsung.

        • http://techpp.com Raju PP

          As much as I appreciate the detailed comment, I would have wished you cared to read the article properly. The comparison between iPad and Galaxy Tab was made by an Apple spokesperson, and I’ve clearly mentioned that! And where is the talk about Samsung’s tablet being “inferior in quality”? I did mention android tablets as “sub-standard” competition, but it isn’t same as what you have mentioned.
          The article is more of a news report, and less of an analysis.

  • http://www.techeverytime.com Ankur

    if you are unbiased , you would observe that its true that samusung is copying.

    it doesnt mean exact copy but more like it. it has been winning in courts for same reason. I am not at all Apple fan but Yeah, being a developer I do believe that I should be the one to get credit for what I do and no other company deserve the right to do some cosmetic change and justify that its completely different product.

    • Emil Georgiev

      You know, most toasters look alike but toaster makers aren’t suing each other. People can’t call every shiny rectangular thing with rounded corners an ipad copy. It’s ridiculous.

      • http://www.techeverytime.com Ankur

        No point in discussing with a person who is giving an example of a toaster to demonstrate comparison with a gadget which encompasses hardware and software.

        • bob

          You are an unqualified Idiot

  • Jim

    The software on the galaxy is nothing like the ipad. Ios and samsungs android don’t even look similar enough to call them distant cousins. Ui is one of the biggest areas of difference they have.

  • Sidharth Bhansali

    Hehe. Apple’s angry now. :D

    On a serious note, they should totally go after HP TouchPad. I guess Apple is trying to bring down “successful,” or “yet-to-be successful” tablets. They have finally realized keeping mum isn’t an option anymore.