It’s the same old story. Boy meets girl. Boy sues girl for producing a tablet that looks too much like boy’s tablet. Girl introduces a new tablet with a slightly different design. Boy sues again in hopes of prohibiting girl from selling that tablet in Germany either.
Oh wait, that’s not the plot of a romantic comedy. It’s a slightly anthropomorphic retelling of the dance that Apple and Samsung have been going through in German courts.
This summer Apple successfully sued to prohibit Samsung’s German division from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, claiming it infringed on Apple’s design rights for the iPad 2.
Earlier this month Samsung responded by launching a redesigned tablet called the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. It’s only available in Germany at the moment, and it looks a lot like a normal Galaxy Tab 10.1. It just has a bit more chrome around the edges, a move that’s likely designed to get around some of the design claims made by Apple.
Now Apple is seeking to ban Samsung from selling the new tablet in Germany as well. A hearing has been scheduled for December 22nd. Samsung is apparently free to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1N until then, but Apple is asking for an injunction that would make the new tablet just as scarce in Germany as the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The door isn’t entirely closed on that tablet though… Samsung has appealed the ruling that prohibits the company from selling its original 10 inch Android tablet and an appeals court will hear that argument a few days before the December 22nd hearing.
via FOSS Patents