Seems like the bad time of Samsung is coming to an end. In Germany, apart from Motorola, Samsung has now successfully made Apple’s blood boil.
According to a latest ruling from a court in Düsseldorf, Germany, tThe changes made by Samsung Electronics in Galaxy Tab 10.1N are enough to no longer infringe on Apple’s intellectual property rights. The court ruled this on Thursday, 9 February 2012. Another German court rejected Apple’s appeal recently.
Samsung was happy with the ruling, since the court has denied Apple’s request to stop the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Samsung spokesman said via email that the tablet will be available to German consumers.
Apple can appeal against this verdict. So far Apple has not commented on it. Nor it has announced any plans.
Last year, in a lawsuit filed by Apple, the court had blocked German sales of the original version of Samsung’s 10-inch tablet because its design similar to iPad which is the registered community design of Apple. That verdict was recently confirmed by the higher regional court in Düsseldorf.
Due to these reasons, Samsung modified the appearance of their tablet and released it as Galaxy Tab 10.1N.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1N has a new bezel and speakers on the front of the device, and Samsung was confident about demonstrating it as different from iPad on these grounds. A Samsung spokesman told this to media via email.
The verdict might spell loss for Apple in court cases related to the design of Samsung’s tablet in Germany, the Netherlands and Australia.
In Australia, original version of Galaxy Tab was banned and the court battles comprising of lawsuits and counter-lawsuits started between Apple and Samsung in different countries.
In late November 2011, the ban was lifted by an Australian court and Samsung was allowed to sell Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. However, the controversial tablet was released after 9 December 2011 because Apple had obtained a stay order on the implementation of verdict lifting the ban. Later, Apple’s plea for more extension on the ban was rejected.
In March 2012, Apple and Samsung will face each other again in Australia.
Source: Mac World