A court in Germany ordered Samsung to remove all traces of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the show floor of trade show, IFA, in an extension of the ban imposed previously on the larger Tab 10.1.
Samsung unveiled its latest tablet last Thursday, but on Friday a court in Dusseldorf granted a request from Apple to ban the sale of the 7in tablet in Germany, and therefore the South Korean manufacturer had to remove all display units of the device, as well as all promotional material.
Samsung decided to comply with the court’s decision, made on Friday, despite the Tab 7.7 being on display at IFA since launch the previous day and most technology websites, including this one, getting their hands on the tablet. "Samsung respects the court's decision and therefore decided not to display any more the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the IFA," a statement said.
Apple initially obtained a Europe-wide ban (with the exception of the Netherlands) claiming the Galaxy Tab 10.1 “slavishly copied” the design of the iPad. The German court which imposed the ban then decided it had overstepped its authority and limited the ban to Germany.
Samsung has counter-sued Apple, claiming the Cupertino company has infringed on its wireless patents. The on-going legal battles have been raging since April in the US, Europe and Asia.
Samsung is not going to lie down and roll over however, and is promising it will take "all available measures, including legal options" to maintain its presence in Europe as it believes the court ruling "severely limits consumer choice in Germany."