Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

Summary: Samsung is hoping to release an updated, redesigned tablet, named the Galaxy Tab 10.1n, in a bid to fend off Apple's lawyers who successfully blocked the sale of the tablet last month.

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Samsung said on Thursday that it will soon launch a redesigned version of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Germany as early as this week.

Old Galaxy Tab 10.1 (top), New Galaxy Tab 10.1 (bottom)

Galaxy Tab 10.1n (top), Galaxy Tab 10.1 (top) -- (Source: CNET)

In a bid to avoid a sales ban on the tablet, imposed by a German court after it ruled that the tablet violated Apple's design patents relating to the iPad, the physical design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has changed enough that Samsung hopes will circumvent the ban in the country.

But Samsung still has a courtroom full of faces to appease, as well as Apple's lawyers who will have to agree to the design changes for it to then go on sale.

Now known as the Galaxy Tab 10.1n, the new design includes a different frame to remove the iPad-like backing from the device, and changes the location of the speaker, a spokesperson said.

"We modified the model to reflect Apple's claims", they added, hinting at an admission.

Both Apple and Samsung have been engaged in a global legal battle since April, when Apple sued Samsung in the U.S., claiming that the Korean electronics giant copied "slavishly" its iPhone smartphone and iPad tablet.

While Samsung went on to "vehemently defend" itself against Apple's claims, it also filed suits in a number of jurisdictions to sue Apple for allegedly infringing its patents on its products.

But Samsung received the short-end of the stick a number of times, when it was forced to redesign its smartphones to get around temporary sales injunctions on devices that were found to violate others' patents.

Earlier this month, the European Commission said it was looking into antitrust matters relating to Samsung, in particular to how the company conducts itself in regards to filing alleged patent infringement claims.

Though the Commission said it was "standard procedure" to do so, it is believed that Europe's upper house took the decision to look at Samsung of its own volition, instead of waiting for a third-party company to make a claim.

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  • This is so tiring

    Like Ford and Toyota fighting over the desin of the doors on a 5 passenger sedan...
    rhonin
    • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

      @rhonin
      Totally Agreed. Other analogies are Coke sueing Pepsi over cola drinks, or soccer sueing basketball for wiful copying of deign and method over balls - which is what this is.
      neil.postlethwaite
  • Zack

    You've got your Galaxy Tabs mixed up. The new one is the top picture. This is exactly why Apple took them to court in the first place, people could get the iPad and Galaxy Tab 10.1 confused. Now you have just confused the the two versions of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
    A Grain of Salt
    • Or a mistype?

      @A Grain of Salt
      and how can anyone confuse an [i]Apple[/i] iPad with a tablet that has large letters spelling out the name [b]Samsung[/b]?
      William Farrell
      • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

        @William Farrell

        Samsung's lawyers in Australia seemed to have some problems with it.

        http://allthingsd.com/20111013/how-do-you-tell-the-difference-between-an-ipad-and-a-galaxy-tab-dont-ask-samsungs-lawyers/
        A Grain of Salt
      • Name difference isn't enough

        @William Farrell

        At least under U.S. trademark law, that alone isn't enough. For instance, there was a U.S. company that sold "Tornado" fence. Another company put out "Cyclone" fence. (I don't recall which came first, but you get the idea.) The first company sued the second and won. The court said that although the words were completely different, to the average person "cyclone" and "tornado" refer to the same thing, so consumers could easily mistake the second company for the first company. The basic ideas is that Company One spends a lot of time and money getting the public to associate a particular "look" with its product and then Company Two tries to get the benefit of that by making its product confusingly similar.

        (By the way, the reason Surf detergent doesn't get in trouble with Tide is that they are both from the same manufacturer.)
        Rick_R
      • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

        @William Farrell It was also enough to confuse Samsung's lawyers when the judge held up both a Galaxy tab 10.1 and an Apple iPad and had the lawyers pick out their client's product. And it was enough for Samsung to have to modify the design as to not infringe upon Apple's product.
        athynz
      • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

        @William Farrell <br>Rick R below...<br><br>Coca *Cola* v's Pepsi *Cola*. I get so confused when down the soft drinks aisle in Costco.. Same with all the confusing beers down the beer aisle too they all look, feel and mostly taste the same in their wilfully copied bottles and cans.<br><br>It's all lawyer mumbo-jumbo hor5esh1t,
        neil.postlethwaite
      • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

        @William Farrell That is not a good argument. Any two products with similar function, viewed from far enough away, will look the same. Two sedans of the same color, viewed from a block away, will be indistinguishable. Aside from that the *content* of the suits related to copied methods, not just a "look"
        krauskopf
    • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

      @A Grain of Salt The TOP picture is the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that started the whole infringement thing - the bottom picture is the "redesigned" Galaxy tab 10.1n.
      athynz
      • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

        @Pete "athynz" Athens

        Well Pete, I'm confused. Many other sites are saying the TOP picture is the new design and bottom is the old. Maybe everyone is confused.

        http://www.3g.co.uk/PR/Nov2011/samsung-unveil-galaxy-tab-10-1n.html
        http://recombu.com/news/samsung-launching-modified-galaxy-tab-101n-android-tablet_M15833.html
        A Grain of Salt
      • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

        @Pete "athynz" Athens

        TOP new design
        BOTTOM actual design
        pepe-el-Toro
  • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

    WOW! WHAT A DIFFERENCE!

    And to think that Samsung wasted all that money advertising. The new model is SO different consumers won't even realize it's from the same company, I'm sure!

    These guys are amazing! They couldn't even change the border color, say to dark green, blue, red, or some combination?? Or maybe put some type of design or logo symbol? (How about an image of several tabs, to emphasize the product name?)
    Rick_R
    • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

      @Rick_R Yeah cuz some of us cant tell why is there a "SAMSUNG" brand on an iPad and no Apple logo on it!
      pepe-el-Toro
  • Maybe it's just me...

    but the iPad is a standard screen and the Samsung is a wide screen. Isn't that, by itself, enough to tell them apart?
    Beat a Dead Horse
    • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

      @Beat a Dead Horse
      Not if Apple Photoshop the pictures in the Legal petition again so the widescreen Galaxy Tab 'n' becomes 4:3 aswell.
      neil.postlethwaite
      • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

        @neil.postlethwaite@... That's exactly what happened in Germany court. and Judge called it "simple mistake" ... What a douche..
        AmediaN
  • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

    I need the change so I will not get apple by mistake
    rmixon@...
  • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

    This whole thing from Apple reminds me of that stupid old lady who spilled coffee on herself then sued McDonalds for making hot coffee!

    Just one more reason why in do not own anything made by Apple, I even refuse to use QuickTime and I won't watch movie trailers hosted on Apple's website.
    aiellenon
    • RE: Samsung alters Galaxy Tab design to avoid German sales ban

      @aiellenon Not even close to the same thing but you know that. Your small minded attitude toward Apple will never allow you to see things without an all out biased view.
      non-biased