In a battle of the tablets, two tech giants are pitched against each other.
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Apple claims Samsung’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets “slavishly” copies its iPhone and iPad and has sued in the United States, Australia, South Korea and Europe.
But a Duesseldorf court has just ruled in favor of Apple.
It decided Samsung’s overall design is too similar to the iPad and upheld an injunction which bans the sale of the Galaxy device in Germany.
German shops will still be able to sell Galaxy products but only existing stock.
Samsung was disappointed with the ruling, saying it restricts design innovation and progress in the industry.
But trader, Oliver Roth, says he doesn’t believe the ruling will hold Samsung back long term:
“Today’s court ruling is a small victory and time-saver for Apple. For Samsung it means that internationally the company will sooner or later assert itself whether or not the legal fights continue. A competing product from Samsung will enter the market and Apple can only try to delay this.”
Samsung has said it will appeal the decision.
Bottom line: A Duesseldorf court upholds an injunction sought by Apple banning the sale of Samsung tablet devices in Germany.