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
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.”