Apple loses latest patent battle to Samsung in Europe

The Samsung Galaxy tab’s ban is now lifted by the Court of Netherlands and is allowed for sale and distribute throughout the European Union

It seems like Apple might have lost the endless war against Samsung Galaxy Tab in Netherlands. They seem to have been at war for a long time now and even in parts of the world. But with the ruling out of the Dutch court now the Samsung Galaxy tab can now be sold in the Netherlands and can even be distributed throughout European Union.

Earlier a lower court also ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab didn’t infringe upon Apple’s patent related to the iPad and the same has again been supported by the Gerechthof’s- Gravenhage appeals court in the Hague.

According to patent Blogger Florian Mueller the latest ruling in favor of Samsung has come just a week before a German court slated whether to lift the preliminary injunction and allow the Galaxy smartphone to be sold throughout the European Union. He also mentioned that the upcoming rulings will be crucial for protection of Apple from competitors that have some similar products.

He also added that there is no mathematical formula regarding the degree of similarity between products which will let any judge to allow making a product similar to another till some percentage of similarity.

However, this ruling is a great win for Samsung, which was earlier asked to stop selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. The company also said that this ruling again demonstrates that Apple’s products do not warrant the intellectual property protections it believes.

Apart from all these the good news is for the consumers as the Galaxy tab will be available in the European Union nations.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-01-25 (Update: 2012-05-26)