Thursday, 26 July 2012

Apple Claimed On Samsung Design

US electronics giant Apple and Samsung Electronics each scored partial court victories in Germany, Their global war over rival tablet computers on Tuesday.

A regional appeals court in the western city of Duesseldorf upheld a ban on sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 computer for infringing on Apple’s design patent, and extended it from Germany to the rest of the European Union.

But it said that the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1 N was now sufficiently different to the Apple iPad to be acceptable under competition law.

The two technology giants are engaged in a legal battle involving dozens of cases worldwide as they struggle for leadership in the hugely lucrative smartphone and tablet computer market.

Apple had took legal action in April last year, accusing Samsung of slavishly copying its iPhone and iPad designs. Samsung has focused its own technology and design's.

The Duesseldorf regional court had slapped a temporary ban on Samsung previous model, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in November, saying it copied the iPad.

But changes Samsung made to the successor model for the German market to meet the court’s demands rendered the tablet computer sufficiently different, it said in February. Apple appealed this decision.

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