Samsung suffers European Union ban on Galaxy Tab 7.7.
The battles between Samsung and Apple seem to never end and the current focus is on a Northern California courtroom. It is in that coming trial where we expect things to be decided for one party or the other. And with that decision, we can hope that the never ending patent infringement battles can finally come to an end. But, things are continuing around the world and the most recent activity has Samsung getting a win and a loss, if you are keep score.
And keeping score seems to be the only way to keep up with things. As of today, it is being reported that the Samsung Tab 7.7 is being banned across all the European Union. This is a big blow to Samsung who has been fighting for more than a year to be able to sell the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in Germany. With the expansion from just Germany to all of Europe, Samsung is going to have to create a new product to sell in the 7 inch category as a replacement for the banned Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Not everything is bad news with the court ruling, as Samsung can sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet across Europe, which Apple wanted to have banned as it infringed on the Apple iPad. It has been deemed different enough from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as to not infringe on Apple patents and can therefore be sold in Europe. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned in Germany and Samsung immediately went to work in creating a 10 inch tablet to not violate Apple patents which were in question.
These rulings are final from the court and Samsung has a mixed bag in the results. They have been delivering great products and have seen increased patent infringement cases coming from Apple as a result. In the end, consumers seem to be the ones who are losing as in the case with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 ban in the European Union. We can all hope that the case in Northern California can result in decisions which can bring the continuing battles between these two companies to an end.