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Apple successfully bans Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany for now

Dusseldorf court upholds Apple's ban on the Samsung tablet in Germany at least until September 9th

The legality of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe has been swinging back and forth as of late. Earlier this month, Samsung was banned from distributing the tablet in most of Europe, until on the 17th when the ban was lifted. Unfortunately for Samsung, their appeal on Thursday was simply not enough for the German court.

According to patent blog Foss Patents, the German court decided in favor of Apple due to insufficient evidence from Samsung. “The judge only indicated that she wasn’t swayed by Samsung’s pleading to lift the injunction,” reported Foss Patents. “The injunction will remain in force and effect for the time being.

However, Samsung will have the opportunity for more court presentations starting September 9th in an attempt to lift the ban yet again.

With regards to the recent manipulation of evidence by Apple, the judge appeared to be nonchalant on the matter and has even told both parties to take any related discussions outside of the court. Samsung is claiming that Apple had no right to use the doctored pictures in the first place, even if the judge was not misled by the unfair evidence.

As such, expect more news from the courtroom this coming September 9th. The situation is definitely not favoring Samsung for now as even their Galaxy smartphones are in hot water.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-08-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)