September 5, 2011
Samsung’s Sales Ban Extends To Latest 7.7-inch Tablet
A court-ordered sales injunction in Germany has halted the sale and promotion of Samsung´s new tablet computer in Germany, scaled back from a European-wide ban, taking the wind out of its fledging global patent battle with Apple´s iPad, Reuters is reporting.
A Dusseldorf court ordered South Korea´s Samsung to halt the sales of Galaxy Tab 7.7 on Friday at the annual IFA electronics show, Europe´s biggest consumer electronics fair, opened in Berlin. The move follows an earlier ban on German sales of Samsung´s Galaxy Tab 10.1 by the court in late August until its final ruling on September 9.
Samsung and Apple have been tied up in various courtrooms in acrimonious battle over smartphone and tablet patents since April of this year. Apple is looking to thwart growth of Google´s Android devices by taking direct aim at the biggest Android vendor, Samsung.
At the center of the disputes are accusations from Apple that Samsung is “slavishly” copying its iPhone and iPad look and feel with the Galaxy line of products, The LA Times reports.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 was revealed alongside the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, which has yet to face any injunctions, and together Samsung was hoping to create a niche combing attributes of both a smart phone and a tablet.
“Samsung respects the court´s decision,” Chung said yesterday, adding that the company believes it “severely limits consumer choice in Germany.” Samsung plans on pursuing all available options, including legal action, to defend its intellectual property rights, he said.
Complicating the dispute is the fact that although Apple and Samsung are competitors, battling across continents in these patent disputes, they are also business partners with Samsung manufacturing some of the displays and internal components for Apple´s mobile offerings.
The number of Galaxy tablets has not been disclosed by Samsung, after these legal actions have begun, in a bid to limit possible damages, but aims to increase sales of tablet computers more than fivefold this year from 2010, when the original Galaxy Tab went on sale, Bloomberg reports.
According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung had about a 16 percent share in the tablet market in the first quarter, trailing the iPad´s 69 percent.
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