This has been a sad day in the tech circles, the day when the maverick Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple, has gotten bitter with the German court upholding the preliminary injunction it had put against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 earlier this month. This effectively means that the ban on Galaxy tab 10.1 will stay on in Germany.
The judge of Dusseldorf court in Germany upheld Apple’s request for preliminary ban of Galaxy Tab’s sales in Germany. As we had reported earlier, the court had banned the sales in whole of European Union and later changed it to Germany only. The final judgement is expected to be delivered on September 9th, which is 2 weeks away from now.
Samsung was hopeful of lifting of the preliminary ban as they had some proofs of Apple distorting the images comparing the dimensions of Apple iPad 2 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. But the court disagreed with Samsung’s arguments saying the community design rights gave Apple at least a medium range (if not a broad claim) of protection.
This setback has come just a day after Samsung lost a similar case in Netherlands. Though Samsung will be able to sell the Galaxy Tabs in other parts of Europe (except Netherlands & Germany), the inability to overturn the ban should worry the company a lot.
Journalist, Andreas Udo de Haes was live-tweeting the court proceedings since morning. You can follow his timeline to know how Apple & Samsung’s lawyers were hell-bent on proving how distorted the images presented by the other party were. Now it remains to be seen if the judge sees enough case to over-turn the injunction when he goes through the documents/images over the next 2 weeks.