So the look and feel of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is indeed too similar to the Apple iPad to let both have a run in the market at the same time. Or at least that’s how the German court at Duesseldorf perceives things, as it ruled in Apple’s favor in what could be seen the final nail in the Samsung tablet’s coffin. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 stands permanently banned, which not only creates a risk for other Galay Tabs in its purview, but other tablet makers may also have trouble brewing for them in the court ruling.
In fact, the judge who is presiding over the case has banned the “Galaxy Tab” and not specifically the Galaxy Tab 10.1. So other existing or upcoming Galaxy Tabs are likely to be equally treated.
As for Samsung, they still has hope, as they can appeal to the Higher Regional Court. The case will automatically be routed to the Higher Court, though Samsung can save some valuable time by appealing there if it wants to salvage the 10 inch Honeycomb tablet. That’s what Samsung will surely try while it goes about pushing the Tab 10.1 aggressively in other world markets such as in Japan and the US.
“We are disappointed with this ruling and believe it severely limits consumer choice in Germany,” is how Samsung responded though others tablet manufacturers as Motorola too would now be sitting up instead of watching things from the sidelines.
It will be really interesting to see what Apple is up to next after having tasted success against the Galaxy Tab. There are a lot of tabs out there that could be next.