Samsung (LON:SMSN) has had to remove its new Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the Berlin IFA show. The company stand at the Internationale Funkausstellung is bereft of the diminutive Android tablet. This is thanks to a German court ruling that Samsung copied the design of the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad 2.
- On the one hand, the law is the law.
- On The Other Hand, Apple is making a fool of itself by implying that other tablets shouldn't look like, well, tablets.
Plus, today's skateboarding duck: real things said by comic shoppers...
Peter Sayer reports:
[S]taff on the stand refused to discuss the device or the changes. ... Apple is suing Samsung to stop sales. ... European intellectual property laws allow companies to protect to the appearance of their products. ... Apple claims the appearance of the larger Galaxy Tab is too similar to that of its iPad 2.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 demonstrated by Samsung...on Thursday bore a prominent warning sticker: "Not for sale in Germany."
Jun Yang adds:
Samsung...pulled the just-unveiled Galaxy Tab 7.7...after a Dusseldorf court...granted Apple’s request to ban sales and marketing of the product. ... [Samsung] believes it “severely limits consumer choice in Germany.”
The court has apparently ordered a new injunction, this time against the Galaxy Tab 7.7. ... [T]his would have avoided any argument over whether the existing [injunction] applies to the 7.7. ... German courts can move very quickly.
Under German law, the court can threaten with and impose fines of up to EUR 250,000 ... [and] they can theoretically order imprisonment.
Chance Kinney managed to get hands-on before it disappeared:
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 packs a punch in the multimedia department. It features...Super AMOLED Plus display technology, and runs on a 1.4 GHz dual core processor. [It] has 1080p full HD playback and...will be compatible with the HSPA+ 21 Mbps network. ... The 7.7 is also running the most recent version of Android - Honeycomb 3.2.
[It's] exceptionally thin and lightweight...12 ounces and...7.89 mm. ... [B]attery life is promised to be good for 10 hours of HD video playback. ... It feels like the first tablet that can be comfortable to hold for reading, for long periods of time.
"Here we go again," moans David Robinson:
It's not clear what the end game is here, though...Apple wouldn't be pushing the issue so hard unless it saw its rival as a major threat.
[I] can't help but thinking Apple is losing sight of the fact that some degree of similarity is unavoidable...simply because of the nature of the devices themselves. It's like a car maker suing one of its rivals [over] a vehicle with four wheels.
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