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.”