German Court Delays Apple-Samsung Hearing Till September 9th

The South Korea based electronics giant, Samsung, which in the past few months has constantly found itself at the receiving end of the iPhone maker Apple’s legal onslaughts over a series of alleged patent infringement issues is experiencing some more relief currently.

According to new reports, the German court hearing the case between the two tech heavyweights has postponed its ruling on the preliminary injunction filed by Cupertino. The court stated that the next hearing on the issue will be on September 9.

This delay in the verdict has eventually brought some much needed relief for Samsung as it can continue shipping the disputed Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer throughout all countries in the European Union apart from Germany.

Earlier in this month, the controversial Galaxy Tab 10.1 was barred from shipping to all countries in the EU, the Netherlands being the only exception. However, the ban did not last too long, as the German judge in charge of the case soon realised that the German law did not allow him to impose an EU ban on a company which is not registered in Germany.

While a Samsung Germany spokesperson refused to comment on being asked about the issue, his counterpart from Apple Inc. reportedly said, "it's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging," The Wall Street Journal reports.

“This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas,” the Apple spokesperson added.