August 30, 2013

Apple scores a win against Samsung in German courts

Overview: A German court upheld the decision to ban Samsung’s Galaxy tablets in Europe.

The battle between Apple and Samsung that has raged since April has come to a conclusion. This will prevent Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tablet 10.1 in German as well as Europe. This is a big blow to Samsung as the inability to sell in the European markets will hinder overall projected revenue.  Although Samsung was disappointed by the ruling, it would appeal the decision and pursue all legal options.

All is not lost though. A court spokesperson had commented that “The ruling affects Samsung Germany and Samsung International, not the retailers or the consumers”. This means retailers will be able to sell the devices from existing stock or getting new supplies from Samsung International.

Samsung has stated that they believe the ruling restricts design innovation and progress in the industry, while Apple states that “This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.” Apple claims that Samsung’s Galaxy Tablets copied the designs and technology of the iPad. In lieu of this, Apple has sued Samsung in Europe as well as Korea, Australia, Japan and the US.


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