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You may have heard of Apple being granted an injunction in Germany, which prevented Samsung from distributing the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to retailers across Europe. You may have wanted to get your hands on the slimmest tablet in the market, but the news may have prevented you from getting the Honeycomb-powered tablet. If you are one of the many who have been waiting for the tablet’s arrival, this is definitely disappointing news. Thankfully, we do have good news for you.
First of all, the injunction prevents Samsung from distributing the Tab 10.1 to retailers. However, since the tablet has made its way to a few retailers before the injunction came out, you can still get the slate until supply runs out. If ever you miss out on the limited supply, there is still hope. Samsung has a chance to make an appeal on the 25th of August.
Once the appeal has been made, the presiding German judge will decide whether to resume the tablet’s sales or not. Whether the decision goes Samsung’s way or not, it will still take weeks before a decision is made. Not only will Samsung lose the opportunity to sell the tablet in the weeks it would take for the judge to make a decision, it would also mean that we are left with little choices other than the iPad 2 and other tablets that do not measure up to Apple’s slate.
This makes us question whether Apple is really trying to protect its intellectual property, or is it hitting below the belt to get ahead? Should they go on with their legal bullying, or should just wow us with their innovation? Let us know what you think.
Recently, German courts ruled that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 copied the design of the iPad. The ruling prevented the sale of the Honeycomb-powered tablet in Europe. However, retailers were allowed to sell the slim slate until their stock runs out. This is a chance for you to get the tablet before they’re out of stock. Once they go out of stock, we’ll have to wait for weeks before Samsung can overturn the injunction.
The ruling caused confusion among the consumer and retailers. Some thought that the ruling meant that retailers would have to remove the Tab 10.1 from shelves. Apparently, the ruling doesn’t restrict retailers from selling the tablet. It restricts the Korean tech giant from distributing the device to retailers.
Samsung confirmed that tablets that have been shipped for distribution before the injunction can be sold to the consumer. They said, “…products already distributed prior to the injunction on 9 August may still be sold, we do not expect this to have an immediate impact on sales.”
So what’s the bottom line? If you really want to get your hands on a slim and shiny Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, you better get it now. Once supply runs out, you might have to wait for weeks before Samsung overturns the ruling.
Is the Samsung Galaxy Tab worth it? Tell us what you think.
Apple’s legal bullying has successfully banned the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe with the exception of the Netherlands. The injunction was granted by a Dusseldorf court for trademark infringement. This is such a shame since the tablet has only been in UK shelves for less than a week. Now, they have to be removed from the shelves.
According to the judge, the Tab 10.1 shared a number of similarities to apple’s iPad. Due to the judge’s findings, Samsung’s super slim tablet can no longer be sold across Europe. Of course, the Korean tech giant has a chance to overturn the ruling through submitting an appeal to the judge in charge.
Although the Netherlands is the only exception, Apple will also be filing an injunction there within a month’s time. Apple will also file an injunction against other Samsung products such as the Galaxy S and the first Galaxy Tab.
Samsung said it was “disappointed with the court’s decision and we intend to act immediately to defend our intellectual property rights through the ongoing legal proceedings in Germany, and will continue to actively defend these rights throughout the world.” The Korean manufacturer also states that this injunction is only temporary.
Currently, Apple is engaged in legal battles with Android giants HTC and Samsung. HTC has recently filed patent infringement charges against the Cupertino firm, following a ruling that went against them in the US.
We’re not exactly sure when the ban in Europe will take effect. When will Apple’s legal bullying be put to a stop? Do you think Apple should continue with these legal debacles, or do you think they should just focus on business? Tell us what you think.