Posts Tagged ‘Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1’
Apple is taking its legal battle against the Korean tech giant Samsung to the UK. The Cupertino firm is now claiming that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S2 have copied the design of the iPad and iPhone in British courts.
The lawsuit was filed by Apple this week. This followed Samsung’s legal action against Apple back in June. Although the details of the lawsuit filed has not been disclosed yet, we’re sure it is similar to the lawsuits it has filed in other countries concerning copying its products’ design and even its products’ packaging. Samsung also claims that Apple has infringed on its patents.
Apple has successfully had the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned across Europe. However, the ban has been temporarily lifted in some parts of Europe.
Apple and Samsung are engaged in legal battles in over 20 countries. Apple is claiming that core elements of Google’s Android OS used by Samsung’s devices as well as other major players infringes on Apple’s patents. If ever Apple manages to prove this, this will give Apple legal grounds to go after these other manufacturers as well as Google. Google has now armed itself with a vast portfolio of new patents when it purchased Motorola Mobility. Expect these legal battles to get even bloodier.
Should these industry leaders carry on suing the hell out of each other to protect their intellectual property, or should they just focus on getting cutting-edge technology in our hands? Give us your thoughts.
If you thought the HP TouchPad was a bargain at £99, this accidental deal by Vodafone tops it all. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was sold for £229 with 12 months of data.
Earlier during the week, the out-of-this-world deal popped up on the Vodafone website. After a number of people took the deal, it was immediately removed from the network operator’s site. To a lucky few, the Tab 10.1 32 GB 3G version was sold for a bargain £229, with a 12 month contract at £15 a month and 2 GB of data. In total, these lucky bargain hunters purchased the tablet for a mere £409, when the tablet is worth £579 alone.
A representative of Vodafone told Electricpig, “We’re aware of the situation, the initial price wasn’t correct. Customers who ordered the device can rest assured that we will honour the deal, subject to customers passing standard credit check. In the meantime we’re continuing to sell the device for £499 including VAT on a 12-month, £15 per month contract, which includes 2GB of UK data and 2GB of BT OpenZone Wi-Fi.”
Does this accidental deal make you wish you logged on to the Vodafone website earlier? Give us your thoughts.
It looks like Apple was successful in getting the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 totally banned in Germany. German courts ruled that Samsung’s 10 inch tablet was guilty of infringing Apple’s design.
According to the presiding judge, Johanna Brueckner-Hoffmann, comparing the two tablets’ “minimalist, modern form” proved that was a “clear impression of similarity”. Honestly, aren’t all devices these days designed this way? Does this give Apple just cause to sue all of its competitors?
This lawsuit in Germany was a rollercoaster ride. When the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 went on sale in the UK, in less than a week, Apple filed for an injunction in Dusseldorf requesting the total ban of the tablet across Europe with the exception of the Netherlands. The following week, the same court lifted the ban stating that further investigation was needed. This lifted the ban in Europe, except for Germany. During the same time, we saw the images of the Tab 10.1 submitted as evidence by Apple. Apple seems to have shrunk down the aspect ratio of the tab to make it look about the same size of the iPad 2. Now, total sales ban of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is on full effect in Germany.
These legal maneuvering by Apple is starting sicken a large number of consumers, on both sides of the fence. It looks like Apple has created a new mantra, “If you can’t beat ‘em, sue ‘em.”