German Court Upholds Injunction Against Galaxy Tab 10.1

So, Bloomberg has some quotes form the judge itself and from Samsung, and it's all incredibly peculiar. While the judge in the Dutch court case - which covers the exact same community designs - ruled that not only did Samsung not infringe on Apple's community designs, the community designs were most likely invalid due to being common sense (i.e., it's virtually impossible to make a tablet in a different way) and because of loads of prior art. The Dutch judge ruled the community design probably wouldn't survive a full court case.

The German judge's ruling, however, is the exact opposite, stating that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 bears a "clear impression of similarity" with the iPad 2. "The court is of the opinion that Apple's minimalistic design isn't the only technical solution to make a tablet computer, other designs are possible," the court states. The court further clarified to Bloomberg that they didn't handle actual real iPads - only the 2004 community design which the Dutch judge threw out. Unbelievable. Expect this important detail to be ignored by most other news outlets and blogs....

Full ruling will become available a week from today [PDF]. - Thom Holwerda, OS News

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