This surely must hurt: a German court recently ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet should not be sold by Samsung’s local subsidiaries in the entirety of the European Union, which includes 27 member states. An earlier ruling issued an injunction against the tablet in Germany. The court’s decision follows the ban of sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 last year, which was reconfigured and re-released as the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. That unit is still available for purchase in Germany.
Samsung is “disappointed” with the court’s decision, CNET said, and future plans include additional “legal action.”
A different judge in the United Kingdom recently ruled that three of Samsung’s tablets were not “as cool” as the iPad and said that Apple must make public statements claiming that the device does not copy its iPad. That suit covered the Galaxy Tab 7.7, so it’s unclear if that ruling will come into play with today’s recommendation by The Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court.
Samsung believes Apple’s patents are too “generic” to be upheld and said it “welcomes” the court’s ruling that confirms the Galaxy Tab 10.1N does not infringe on Apple’s technology, CNET said.