Apple has tried again to block the sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N from being sold in Germany and this time it was at the Dusseldorf Regional Court. In this latest effort, Apple has again lost its attempt to ban the newly redesign Galaxy Tab from sales in that country. The news is being reported today as a win for Sumsung by Reuters and shows that they have not infringed on the design rights of the Apple iPad. Apple has being losing the battles lately against Samsung and their Galaxy line of tablets in Germany after previously getting a ban on the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s reworked tablet PC does not look like a copycat version of the iPad, a German court said, affirming a preliminary assessment and dealing another legal blow to Apple Inc.
Last week, we reported that Apple had lost an attempt to ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1N in the Munich Regional Court which dealt a blow to Apple. This opened the door for Samsung to sell their redesigned Tab 10.1N which was different enough from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet which is currently banned in Germany because of Apple. With two court victories in a row for Samsung on their Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet, they are competing directly against Apple in a market where they do very well.
The ongoing battles between Apple and Sumsung are going to continue in Germany as there are still other cases pending. While the battles in Germany go on, Apple and Samsung are doing battle in other countries around the world and the lawsuit in Northern California is one that appears to be the most important. If Samsung can successfully defend themselves in that case, it may force Apple to back off on lawsuits around the world between the two. While Apple has had a pattern of filing lawsuits to impact their competition, it is starting to become very costly for them and their reputation is being impacted because of their actions. For now, the battles continue.