For quiet some time, Samsung had been changing and modifying the design of Galaxy Tab 10.1 to avoid legal confrontations with Apple. However, this time, it seems that it is not going to work.
While Samsung was more than willing to redesign its flagship tablet in the face of the German court’s ruling last year, the higher regional court in Dusseldorf is maintaining that the original still cannot be sold within its borders.
As Samsung and Apple continue their legal feud worldwide, the claim from Apple that the 10.1-inch Android tablet has striking similarities with iPad has seen more attention than most.
Samsung filed a counter-lawsuit against Apple over mobile technology patents. Here Samsung faced defeats most of the times. In Germany, Samsung has lost two out of the three infringement claims against Apple so far. The final case will be ruled on in early March 2012.
The latest verdict decision is also encompassing the Galaxy Tab 8.9 Although given that this ruling is based on Germany’s own unfair competition law, it is unlikely to be replicated elsewhere. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab 10.1N will continue to sell. The fans who want original Galaxy Tab would have to go to other countries, where it is not banned, to buy it.
The lawsuits and counter-lawsuits filed by Apple and Samsung against each other are being heard in different parts of the world. Apple has been winning most to the cases and Samsung has won few cases. The last victory of Samsung was in Netherlands.
Germany is not the only country to witness a complete ban on the sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Last year, there was a nation-wide ban on this tablet in Australia as well. An Australian court allowed the sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia in late November 2011. However, the 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 feud in Australia once again.