The first round of the court battles between Samsung and Apple clearly belonged to the the latter. The South Korean behemoth could do precious little to save its iPad 2 competitor, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, from being banned in Australia and the European Union.
However, the fight back begins as Samsung has decided to challenge the earlier preliminary injunction clamped by the regional court of Düsseldorf barring the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. On the 25th of August Samsung will be putting forward its arguments.
Apple accuses Samsung of having copied the look and feel of its iPad range of tablets, making the Galaxy Tab 10.1 one of the closest rivals of the Apple tablet. The 10 inch Galaxy Tab continues to be available in the Netherlands, however, where the judge seems to be less impressed with Apple’s arguments than his German counterparts.
Apple’s stated after a court in Germany had imposed an injunction on the Samsung tablet, “It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”
Samsung obviously wasn’t elated of the development, more so as it was kept out of the loop while the court barred it from selling one of its latest tablet PCs.
“The request for injunction was filed with no notice to Samsung, and the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung.” The company had also then said, “We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung’s innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world.”
We will get to see more on the 25th of August. So stay tuned.