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Samsung withdraws tablet from fair after Apple complaints

The Local · 5 Sep 2011, 05:29

Published: 05 Sep 2011 05:29 GMT+02:00

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Samsung Sunday removed its Galaxy Tab 7.7 inch from the annual IFA show following an order from a district court in Düsseldorf banning sales and marketing, a company spokesman told AFP.

"Samsung respects the court's decision ... and therefore decided not to display any more the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the IFA," the company said in a statement.

Samsung however vowed to take "all available measures, including legal options" to defend its presence in the European market, saying the court ruling "severely limits consumer choice in Germany."

Friday's move by the Düsseldorf court follows an interim ban in late August on German sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. That ban remains in force until the court makes its final ruling on Friday.

Samsung – the world's second-biggest mobile phone maker – is embroiled in a series of patent lawsuits with Apple over designs and technologies in their smartphone and tablet computers.

Apple, in complaints filed to courts in several countries, requested a ban on the selling and marketing of Samsung smartphones and tablet PCs, which it said had "slavishly" copied Apple's market-leading iPhone and iPad.

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Samsung has launched counter-suits, claiming Apple infringed its wireless technologies.


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08:26 September 5, 2011 by Californian
This isn't the first time that Apple has accused competitors over something it itself is doing. Steven P. Jobs has bragged about his mastery of stealing ideas from others. "Picasso had a saying - 'Good artists copy, great artists steal.' And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas."

09:29 September 5, 2011 by freechoice
Loser! Knowing damn well Samsung is eating into Apple's market share, they have no new and better products to compete with Samsung! I will buy Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 in my next tablet purchase after my old Apple Tablet broke down as a sign of protest against Apple's dirty tricks!
11:19 September 5, 2011 by yourholiness
Good luck with the Samsung. You get what you pay for. Me, I'll stick with Apple and its great record of hardware and software integration. A tip: if you want your tablet to work for more than a week you can't use it as a doorstop.
13:37 September 5, 2011 by duckys
This is so amazing what kind of crap APple is pulling on Samsung... If you do a side by side comparison from the two tablets. There is nothing that is the same... and it is a shame that such a company such as APple will resort itself into such petty things...

14:16 September 5, 2011 by freechoice
why the german courts act on a patent that everybody is performing with their own hands to flip the photo albums every day? this is getting ridiculous. I hope Samsung is not going to pull out their offices in Germany, that will cause alot of job losses and headaches for the government. they are denying a better product into the market, especially the first Super AMOLED tablet in the world!
14:23 September 5, 2011 by jg.
Perhaps Siemens should sue Apple for copying the "look and feel" of their SIMpad.
14:32 September 5, 2011 by freechoice
why is nobody suing the LCD TV makers? they all look the same to me!
14:35 September 5, 2011 by michael4096
Apple spent many years wooing the seriously geeky. "Jimmy knows about this stuff and he has an Mac - must be good!" Great marketing.

And, they've just undone all that work. Tablets are where technology has lead us. Apple didn't create the technology. They got to product first through great focus and they should, and do, benefit from it. Geeks understand the difference between innovation and doing the obvious and they also hate lawyers.

Mine will be a Samsung, too.
16:31 September 5, 2011 by freechoice
One thing is for certain, Samsung must have crappy lawyers to handle this. I hope they won't switch to their own customized OS, Bada Bing Bada Boom!
18:21 September 5, 2011 by Englishted

OS, Bada Bing Bada Boom!

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