We all know that
technology changes rapidly these days, but the speed at which the on-going
patent battle between Apple and Samsung is moving is quite astounding.
Only a week ago
Apple secured a ruling in a German patent court banning the import of Samsung’s
Galaxy Tab 10.1, with Apple claiming the South Korean manufacturer “slavishly”
copied its design for the iPad.
Yesterday we saw
a report emerge which suggested that Apple had submitted tampered images to the
court in order to make the Tab look more like the iPad.
Now, the same
court has all but lifted the ban, but says that lifting the injunction had
nothing to do with the reports about misleading images being submitted.
The regional court in
Dusseldorf, which blocked the sale of the Android tablet in all EU countries
except the Netherlands last week, yesterday said it was questionable whether
its authority extended to international companies operating outside Germany, and
so lifted the ban everywhere except Germany.
A hearing date
regarding the injunction is set for next week and Samsung said: “We
look forward to the opportunity to reassert our intellectual property rights at
the hearing scheduled on August 25.”
With the appeal
set to go ahead next week, it is likely that this patent battle will escalate
before it is resolved and the ruling could set a precedent for the numerous
other legal battles taking place at the moment.