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Samsung Forced To Pull Galaxy Tab 7.7 From IFA


Samsung Forced To Pull Galaxy Tab 7.7 From IFA

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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Court Ruling Ban

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."


September 5, 2011, 4:12 pm

This has gone on long enough now, Apple need to serious f*** off and/or get fined for anti-competitive practises. There's no way that they deserve to have a patent on a "rectangle with rounded corners, a black bezel, and a screen displaying a grid of icons".

This is like Cadbury suing Galaxy for producing "brown, chocolate flavoured bars of confectionery"

Apple are running scared that they actually have viable competitors now, and instead of trying to compete on their own strengths on why people should buy an iPad over anything else, they're instead suing the competition into submission using falsified evidence.

Greg Shewan

September 6, 2011, 10:39 am

I think most people are with you on this one, I said the same thing in the 10.1 inch article... but it seems that the people who make decisions are not as intelligent as most of the readers on this site.


September 6, 2011, 10:48 pm

As much as i admire Apple for what they have achieved...it's this sort of attitude that means I never have and never will buy into Apple. How they get away with patenting terms that are entire subjective such as 'feel' is absurd.

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