Samsung's Galaxy Tab banned by German court: Pulled from IFA tech show

Samsung's Galaxy Tab banned by German court: Pulled from IFA tech show

Summary: Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7 has been banned in Germany and pulled from the major IFA technology fair in Berlin. Let's all point our fingers at Apple.

TOPICS: Samsung, Tablets

Samsung will not promote the new Galaxy Tab at one of the world's largest technology shows in Berlin, after a German court came down on the side of Apple, which successfully argued for an injunction against sales and marketing of the device in Germany.

The new Galaxy Tab 7.7 was also banned by a court injunction, along with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which fell afoul of the German courts late last month.

A court in Dusseldorf ordered the company to stop selling the Galaxy Tab 7.7, on the first day of the IFA electronics show -- one of the biggest tech fairs in the world.

Samsung is to "respect the court order", according to Samsung spokesperson James Chung.

Apple claims that Samsung infringed its patents in the Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets, arguing that Samsung copied the design and aesthetics of Apple's iOS range of devices.

Samsung counter-sued Apple, stating that Apple infringed patents relating to wireless networking.

The ongoing patent battle forced Samsung into delaying tablet sales in Australia twice, as the patent battle spread across Europe, the United States and further afield to Asia and Australia.

The patent spat will force Samsung, the biggest Android vendor on the market, to restrict sales of Google's mobile operating system.

While Samsung has not disclosed the number of tablets it has sold, it aims to increase sales by more than five-fold this year. Samsung had just over 15 percent tablet marketshare, behind Apple's 69 percent, according to Strategy Analytics.

Apple continues its dominance, partly by popular sales of its iPhone and iPad devices, taking a majority stake in the tablet and smartphone market, and partly by legal force.

However, as asserted late last month, with Tim Cook leading Apple as the new chief-executive, Cook has a number of difficulties to face in the post-Jobs era.

Not only as his first major challenge, did he have to combat the release of an iPhone 5 prototype that went missing in a bar last week, but he also has to deal with the mass of lawsuits that Apple is currently undertaking.

As Android seems to be the target, not necessarily the devices that run the rival mobile operating system, could the handsets and tablets be the focus of Apple's lawsuits because Google is too big to crush?

Tim Cook has to make a strong and clear decision. Continue with the lawsuits left by his predecessor, or make the Cupertino giant a competitive and fair environment for others to compete with.

Instead of "slam, slam, beat, kill" as Apple's motto, surely it should be, "we have awesome products; we can beat you on that alone"?

And the world would be a slightly nicer place.

But after 13 years by Jobs' side, very little will change in the overall atmosphere of Apple. The corporate entity still remains, and the lawsuits will keep-a-coming, as Apple tries to hold onto its dominant marketshare.

Just as Apple continues to develop its products, and slamming Android as its main competitor in the user statistics, Apple is also winning in the courts.

Though Cook is not Jobs, Apple is still Apple.

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  • RE: Samsung's Galaxy Tab banned by German court: Pulled from IFA tech show

    It's easy to attack patent protection, which exists in every country, as keeping those who come later from innovating. The fact is that those attacking could have had the patents ... if they invented first. Sooner or later, companies are going to decide that their innovators deserve top paying spots. Or they can withdraw a multimillion dollar design, production and marketing effort because they listened to their VP's of production, marketing and finance and didn't hire the craziest inventor they could find -- and listen to him or her.

    Corporate Darwinism at its best -- keep dumping prodigious sums into anything but creativity, and your board of directors will get tired of you getting your nose rubbed in it with their money. Until they finally hire somebody who can do some patent nose rubbing of their own.
    • Apple keeps Samsung from what? 'Innovating'? See by yourself:


      The innovation is already done (this time, by Apple). Samsung does not bring any innovation -- just replication of Apple's design.

      <b>Such competition does not offer actual value to society, and only robs these who actually innovate.</b>
      • Nobody confuses Galaxy tab and iPad

        There's no confusion between the Galaxy tab and iPad, and Apple didn't invent the rectangle tab, they copied it, and Palm had a grid of icons long before Apple. Apple copied that too.

        If Apple can copy these, then so can Samsung.

        If Samsung can't copy these then neither can Apple and you wouldn't have the iPad.

        Just because Apple are the first to successfully sell a rectangular tablet, doesn't make them an innovator. It certainly doesn't qualify them to misuse a design patent as a monopoly device for a class of devices.

        I hope Apple suffer punitive penalties for this, I'd like to see > $5 billion in damages to curtail the trolls.
      • Apple invented flat-surface tablet, so the parasite is Samsung here

        @guihombre: see the link above. None of tablets before iPad were flat-surfaced. They all had shaped borders/bezels (even if thin).
      • BS!

        don't believe the propaganda uttered by the axis of evil software.Android does not infringe anything!
        The Linux Geek
      • Then it should be EASY for ya:)

        @The Linux Geek... Please provide a link to the information about a tablet that was similar in design to the iPad pre iPad. You know specifically "flat surfaced".

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • RE: Samsung's Galaxy Tab banned by German court: Pulled from IFA tech show

        @DeRSSS >>>>see the link above. None of tablets before iPad were flat-surfaced. They all had shaped borders/bezels (even if thin).

        really?! and this is your example of Apple's innovation?! The word "pathetic" does not even come close to describing such monumental "innovation".
      • And it very well may not be an innovation.

        @pupkin_z... Still who said Trade Dress and design have to do with innovation anyway? This is about Apple's design is it not and if you nor anyone else can NOT find an example of anyone using this design BEFORE Apple in the Tablet market then you have no argument period end of story.

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • RE: Samsung's Galaxy Tab banned by German court: Pulled from IFA tech show


        What a BS pictorial! As for the flat bezels... Fujitsu,Tatung, Asus, and Palm all had them before. I think BenQ did as well, but it's been a while since I was last in Taiwan, and I didn't get the BenQ. In some cases, they later moved away from rectangles, because apparently, when anyone but Apple does them, they're boring and not ergonomic.

        It's not relevant, though. In some cases, you can step in and say, "I'm using the rectangle, because they had it and are not anymore." However, you DON'T get to say, "I'm laying claim to rectangles and now no one else can use them."
      • RE: Samsung's Galaxy Tab banned by German court: Pulled from IFA tech show

        @James Quinn

        When did color and design elements become patentable? For that matter, I believe the courts have already settled that coloring the sole of your shoe red is not trademarkable(that's a word, right?).
      • A couple things.

        @tkejlboom... Most important NEVER ask me anything to do with spelling and or gammer. I just don't care.

        Second I don't think color and or design are patentable but is this not a Trade Dress issue?

        Last point you stated examples but gave NO LINKS so I can check this out. I'm certain based on the very fact that there are court cases going on that there are some details you are not showing in your written but unverifiable accounts above:)

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • iPad has a bezel

        Look again, iPad has a bezel.
      • RE: Samsung's Galaxy Tab banned by German court: Pulled from IFA tech show


        This argument is a load of dingo's kidneys. Apple's design "innovation" is nothing more than adding a cellular antenna to Pocket PCs which already had rectangular designs, touch screens and icons arranged in grids. Once cellular technology became fast enough to provide useful Internet speeds merging a hand held computer with cell phone technology was the next obvious step in evolution. Once touch screen technology became advanced enough and cellular speeds increased enough that Internet usage could be used for consuming media rich HD content dropping the keyboard from content consumer devices to reduce weight and size was the obvious evolution.

        This is not innovation it is evolution. Perhaps you believe the world would be a better place if only one company should have been able to sell the horseless carriage? That, at least, was innovation.
      • RE: Samsung's Galaxy Tab banned by German court: Pulled from IFA tech show

        @DeRSSS The problem with technology patents is they are so broad and nebulous. I can point out earlier devices with similar functionality which Apple could be accused of ripping off. By your rationale all innovators should be granted an absolute monopoly on whatever they create which goes against fair market principles. Suppose Motorola, as the innovators behind the device we now call a cell phone, were able to hold a monopoly on the market because of that? Say buh bye to your precious iPhone. Or suppose Bell Labs said ,"We own the rights to hex grid cellular architecture and no one else can use it." Well there goes competition amongst wireless providers. Your argument makes no sense in the real world and only works in an idealistic fairytale.
      • RE: Samsung's Galaxy Tab banned by German court: Pulled from IFA tech show


        That's bull. Motorola should've sued apple for making cellphones that look like theirs. Apple is losing marketshare left and right and instead of competing, they decide to use the failed patent system to beat their competition.
        business owner
    • innovation?

      It is easy to trow words as innovation and inventions. Let's face it.
      - Developers are not inventing, they are just confronted with challenges and find solutions.
      - They are not the first confronted with similar challenges and the first to come with the same solutions. To many people made computer programs for a to long time, but it is not always well documented.
      - Software is like a big Lego box, the number of solutions is limited.
      - Google did not use a Java compatible system because some "inventions" would be hidden deep in it, but for the whole thing, for the same reason others use Java, it is an industry standard, a well tested and good working system.
      - Patents look as being written on an other planet, being so distant from reality.
      - By protecting an enormous amount of little pieces, no human being can create any soft that will not infringe something. Nobody has simply the time to read and understand it all.
      - Oracle can not. If they could not so many of their claims would risk to be declared invalid. Including some for prior art found in other patents.
      - The patent office can not. How else would it be possible that patents are granted that are already covered by older patents.
      - The system is unfair, no punishment for using false claims, an inventor should know if he is inventing, copying or just doing the obvious. But there is a punishment for infringing where a developer can not possible know if not some patent will fall out of the sky.
      - The system is unfair because the accused has in reality to pay for the prior art search once the patent office has accepted the registration.
      - The system is unfair and justice is not served, allowing the use of extortion like scheme, because defending against false claims will be just to expensive and to risky as nobody knows the real value of a patent without an expensive prior art search.
      - We did not recognize the devastation, before the system was not abused anywhere on such a scale.
      - We can not pay for this mess. We need the production of products, not litigations.
  • RE: Samsung's Galaxy Tab banned by German court: Pulled from IFA tech show

    Good. Maybe if enough of Europe throws Samsung out the door, they'll actually consider selling the 7.7 here. It's the only tablet-y thing I'm remotely amused with, along with the iPad 3/HD.
    • RE: Samsung's Galaxy Tab banned by German court: Pulled from IFA tech show

      @Playdrv4me The screen on the 7.7 is what I find attractive personally!
  • RE: Samsung's Galaxy Tab banned by German court: Pulled from IFA tech show

    So nothing to do with not selling very well then?
    • RE: Samsung's Galaxy Tab banned by German court: Pulled from IFA tech show

      @Jeremy-UK It wasn't for sale yet and had no pricing. This is bizarre that the size of the Tablet doesn't matter in this Patent.