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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Hit with Europe-Wide Ban
The 7.7 ban has been in effect since last September
By: Maureen O'Gara
Jul. 25, 2012 09:00 AM
A German appeals court Tuesday extended an existing ban on selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 anywhere in Germany to anywhere in the 27 countries of the European Union.
The 7.7 ban has been in effect since last September.
The larger, more popular Galaxy Tab 10.1N is unaffected because of the workarounds Samsung used in revising it. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 was originally banned because of its design. The 7.7 is a smaller 10.1.
FOSS Patents says the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court decided the ban should be extended because the device has infringed Apple patents going back to 2004.
Oddly enough, the Galaxy line of tablets, including the 7.7, was cleared of infringement by a UK court last week because they aren't as "cool" as Apple's iPads, the judge said, and he ordered Apple to say they didn't infringe in ads in major newspapers.
Things could work out differently in either case once full-blown trials are held. These current decisions are based on preliminary injunction motions.
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