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Samsung Responds to Apple's Galaxy Tab Block in EU

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This is getting ugly.

The German courts sided with Apple earlier this week, which dealt a hefty blow to Samsung, effectively barring the import of Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets into the European Union (except for the Netherlands).

This is all the result of an intellectual property battle between the two companies, even though they do work together in producing some of the key parts in the iPhone, iPod and iPad.

When it comes to the legal side of the business, however, there's no love lost between these two at the moment. Samsung isn't just going to take the court order, however, it has plans to get those Galaxy Tab 10.1 units exchanged for some cold hard Euros.

Director of Public Relations Kim Titus said in a statement:

“Samsung is disappointed with the court’s decision and we intend 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.

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.

We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung’s innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world.

This decision by the court in Germany in no way influences other legal proceedings filed with the courts in Europe and elsewhere.”

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    Hellbound , August 10, 2011 5:42 AM
    To hell with Apple.
  • 27 Hide
    Pyree , August 10, 2011 5:41 AM
    "the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung. "
    How can the court do that? How can Apple apply so much pressure to interfere the legal process?
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    timbozero , August 10, 2011 5:54 AM
    Next thing we will hear is that Ford has gone to court to stop Nissan from importing cars into the EU because they both use the internal combustion engine *rolls eyes*
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  • 27 Hide
    Pyree , August 10, 2011 5:41 AM
    "the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung. "
    How can the court do that? How can Apple apply so much pressure to interfere the legal process?
  • 32 Hide
    Hellbound , August 10, 2011 5:42 AM
    To hell with Apple.
  • 25 Hide
    timbozero , August 10, 2011 5:54 AM
    Next thing we will hear is that Ford has gone to court to stop Nissan from importing cars into the EU because they both use the internal combustion engine *rolls eyes*
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    doorspawn , August 10, 2011 6:03 AM
    At least in Europe you can vote for someone who intends to fix these things.
    In the US you can either vote for the pro-stupid-patent-party or the party-for-stupid-patents.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , August 10, 2011 6:09 AM
    Up Apple's... their pitiful product isn't anywhere close to Galaxy S smartphones. Don't know about tablets, but something tells me it's the same thing there.

    At any rate, you can't ban a product just because it's similar to Apple's. There are no "intellectual rights" here... it's not like only Apple is allowed to make tablets just because they [allegedly] made the first one. With that kind of ideology, we'd still be in Stone Age because nobody could implement new tech due to "intellectual rights" (NOTE; Apple doesn't just get upset because some particular part of their 'innovative product' was copied, they try to eliminate EVERYONE who just makes the same type of product!).
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    techguy378 , August 10, 2011 6:24 AM
    Steve Jobs is scared to death that someone will walk into Best Buy, buy an iPad only to realize after they get home that the unit has Android installed on it and find that Android kicks the pants off of iOS. This is such an incredibly easy mistake for even the most hard core Apple fans to make.
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    ikyung , August 10, 2011 6:38 AM
    Hmm, I wonder why the courts in EU want to monopolize products. It is just a horrible decision for consumers.

    So I'm guessing the iPad is the only tablet available in EU?
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    Darkerson , August 10, 2011 6:49 AM
    What a load of crap. If I were Samsung, Id start withholding shipments of the critical parts Apple needs. I bet that would get their attention.
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    rantoc , August 10, 2011 6:49 AM
    "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. "

    So much for the innocent until proven otherwise. Seems like the so called court got a hefty bonus paid to them. No hearing in cases like this just proves how f-ked up the justice system is, if it can even be called that!
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    n00bxqb , August 10, 2011 7:26 AM
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    DarkersonWhat a load of crap. If I were Samsung, Id start withholding shipments of the critical parts Apple needs. I bet that would get their attention.

    iTards would still buy iPads even if they didn't have any screens or DRAM ...
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    blubbey , August 10, 2011 7:44 AM
    Again, if the product is as good as Apple says, why should they need to do this? What is wrong with their product, what don't they want us to know? Is it *gasp* a bad product? No, heresy! Apple products are always the best, right? That can't be it!
    /sarcasm
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    Anonymous , August 10, 2011 8:01 AM
    would like to see Samsung stop suppling Apple the key parts to the ipad, etc.
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    Silmarunya , August 10, 2011 8:11 AM
    There are similarities between Samsung's TouchWiz-skin and iOS design-wise. That the judge has a problem with that is stupid but at least understandable.

    However, the Android software running underneath TouchWiz is completely different from iOS and the physical hardware is also anything but a knock off of the iPad.

    This is stupid and draconic and shows that the European patent system is almost as broken as the American one.

    Why can't they do what they did with MS (which was a just measure): don't block the entire product, just require them to get rid of the offending component. Let them sell Galaxy Tabs without TouchWiz if you must, but don't block sales alltogether.
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    kartu , August 10, 2011 8:22 AM
    Now that Samsung has dropped micro SD card slot, canät saz I feel for them.
    Oh, and 1 USD => 1 Euro concept is a way to go Samsung, thank you.
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    kartu , August 10, 2011 8:24 AM
    SilmarunyaThis is stupid and draconic and shows that the European patent system is almost as broken as the American one. Why can't they do what they did with MS (which was a just measure): don't block the entire product, just require them to get rid of the offending component. Let them sell Galaxy Tabs without TouchWiz if you must, but don't block sales alltogether.

    We don't know if this has anything to do with patents, or do we?
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    blubbey , August 10, 2011 8:25 AM
    kartuWe don't know if this has anything to do with patents, or do we?


    Afaik it's because Apple are crying Samsung is using squares with curved edges on them for buttons. Apparently, customers won't know the difference between the two or something. It's a ridiculous claim.
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    kartu , August 10, 2011 8:38 AM
    blubbeyAfaik it's because Apple are crying Samsung is using squares with curved edges on them for buttons. Apparently, customers won't know the difference between the two or something. It's a ridiculous claim.

    It seems so, sort of:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_design

    Quote:
    on the grounds of an alleged infringement of Apple's iPad-related [European] Community design no. 000181607-0001.
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    Anonymous , August 10, 2011 9:38 AM
    Apple definition: A horrendous company that has somehow managed to stay afloat for years and appeal to a mass of misguided people. They specialize in taking existing technology, making it all shiny and fancy looking, and re-selling it for double the price. Ironically, their slogan is "Think Different".
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    neiroatopelcc , August 10, 2011 10:05 AM
    At least the judge can't be acused of not being objective .... by completely ignoring the defendant there's no risk of an argument
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    becherovka , August 10, 2011 10:37 AM
    Nokia made the first touch screen phone, should we ban all other touch screen phones?
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