More trouble for Galaxy maker Samsung - a German court has upheld a ban on the sales of the latest member of the Galaxy Tab family lineup after it found the product infringed on a key Apple patent.
The decision was made following an appeal filed by Apple to impose a ban on the product. The company stated that the new Galaxy Tab 10.1’s design was heavily inspired from that of the iPad.
With this, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been banned from distribution across the largest market in Europe.
“The court is of the opinion that Apple’s minimalist design is not the only technical solution to make a tablet computer,” Ms Brückner-Hofmann said in a hearing convened to deliver the verdict. “Other designs are possible,” as reported by the Financial Times.
“We are disappointed with this [Düsseldorf] ruling and believe it severely limits consumer choice in Germany,” Samsung said, expressing its disappointment about the latest verdict.
Of late, the legal battle between the two companies has intensified to new level with these charges being brought and fought over across the US, Australia, and Europe.