Samsung and Apple continue to battle it out in Germany and the most recent activity has found Apple on the losing end of a court fight. This was an attempt by Apple to get a temporary ban on the sales for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in that country. The Munich Regional Court has declined Apple’s request to block the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N seeing that the redesigned tablet is different than the previously banned Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple was trying to use a patent that they received last year which had the intent of protecting their technology as it related to touch screens on tablets and smart phones. The court appears to have viewed Apple’s filing as something that did not include anything new for the court to consider.
This ruling yesterday clears the way for Samsung to continuing selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. It comes a day following a decision against Samsung where they upheld the current injunction against sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which Samsung reworked to create the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet so as get around the product ban in Germany.
There is a pending court case in a Dusseldorf Court scheduled for next week to hear claims that the Galaxy Tab 10.1N violates Apple patents. Given what has happened over the past week alone, it is unknown as to where this one may go, but it does appear that Apple may not succeed in this latest court filing to block the sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. The battles between Samsung and Apple are continuing in a number of countries and 6 months ago it looked like Apple had the upper hand. Over the past few months, Samsung has received more victories than Apple in their ongoing war with each other in the consumer markets for tablets and smart phones.
Samsung’s recent commercials going after Apple iPhone customers shows just how involved these two are in fighting each other to grow their markets. The “Samsunged” commercials are ones that make a distinct point of the Galaxy S II versus the iPhone 4S. These are viewed as popular commercials and we can expect to see more of them this month. As for the legal battles between Samsung and Apple, it appears that this is going to continue in various countries around the world. The court battle in Northern California is ongoing and a decision in favor of Samsung in that one might put an end to those going on all over the world.