Samsung prepares to appeal Galaxy Tab ban

Samsung Electronics is taking its fight to get is Galaxy Tab 10.1 into European shops to court, after Apple managed to persuade authorities to institute a ban on the device.

Apple claims the tablet PC is too much like its own iPad. Its argument is based on Community Design 000181607-0001, which was granted to Apple in February last year and which describes a hand-held computer in such vague terms that critics - including us - say - it could apply to any tablet on the market today - including some which pre-date Apple's iPad.

"Samsung is disappointed with the court's decision," Samsung's director of public relations, Kim Titus said, after a regional court of Düsseldorf found in Apple's favour. Samsung claimed the request for injunction "was filed with no notice to Samsung, and the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung.

It promised "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."

Its appeal will now be heard on August. 25th, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The wrangle is the latest twist in the tale of two phone makers. Apple uses Samsung technologies in its iPhone and iPad devices but complains vociferously when the Korean outfit makes devices of its own. The legal route is one way US companies have of applying pressure Samsung, which US companies - Apple and Intel - are eyeing nervously as it ramps up it chip-making capabilities.

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