After Samsung, Motorola has found itself at the receiving end of Apple’s ire. However, Apple’s move against Motorola is hidden within its lawsuit against Samsung and based on that, Samsung has been banned from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe. So now it’s the XOOM’s appearance that is too close to the iPad 2 for Apple’s comfort.
However, it not yet known if Apple is also seeking an injunction against the sale of XOOM as well. But then, that can’t be ruled out either if Apple has its way. Though as of now, there is no stopping Motorola from selling the XOOM. In any case, Apple and Motorola are already a veteran of many a court battle with as many as 4o US patents currently being fought between them. Also, all patent lawsuits filed by Apple so far in tablet PC related cases are mostly design related with no software or technical issues cropping up.
Another lesser known German company, JAY-tech, is not so fortunate as it has been served a preliminary injunction. JAY-tech offers a 7 inch Android tablet with home button and side controls that look the same as the Apple tablet.
Really, though, nearly all tablet PCs that have come to the scene after the original iPad have some sort of a similarity with the iPad, unless of course they are as distinct and unique as the Asus Transformer or the Slider tablets. There are also a lot of tablets that have emerged in China that look exactly like the iPad. In fact, the Cloning industry in China takes pride in coming out with products that look exactly like the original. So after Apple is done with the big names out there, it can have a lot of easy pickings in China if it wants.