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German Court Leans in Favor of Samsung in Case of Galaxy Tab 10.1N

Apple’s case against the revised Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N will likely not hold up, the judge reviewing the case has stated. In Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann’s opinion, changes made to the Galaxy Tab design appear sufficient to comply with a court order banning the sale of the original device. The statement is not a final ruling, though a verdict is expected to be handed down shortly.

Judge Brueckner-Hofmann held trial in her Dusseldorf court in September, hearing Apple’s case that Samsung had copied their iPad design when creating the Galaxy Tab 10.1. An initial injunction banning the sale of the tablet was upheld, and Samsung released the Galaxy Tab 10.1N — a modified version of the tablet taking the court’s ruling into consideration — to avoid future legal troubles. Apple disagreed that the Galaxy Tab 10.N met the requirements laid out by the court and quickly filed a new suit. With these latest developments, it appears Samsung will soon be able to return to business as usual in Germany.

[via BGR]




  • Adam Truelove

    Sanity and reason: 1
    Apple: 0

  • Aeires

    Apple got what they wanted, a major delay in sales before the holiday season.  Dirty tactics at best.

    • RitishOemraw

      they should issue a fine for bogus lawsuits…a hefty one!

      EDIT: Make it affect lawsuits filled in the past 5 years and Apple would be bankrupt :P

      • Aeires

        Originally I believe Samsung had the ability to recover any revenue of lost sales, but now that they had to change the tablet, it’s likely to never happen.

        • RitishOemraw

          not even for the second lawsuit if the judge deems it fit for distribution?

          • Aeires

            I’m not a lawyer but once they lost, I believe all the perks were gone as well.  Maybe someone else can add to this discussion that knows more about the suits and how they played out.

  • Guest

    That stupid. Can’t these judges see that these companies are blatantly ripping off Apple?

    • zorxd

      Just go to a supermarket. You will see a lot of products from no-name brands ripping off not only the taste but also the design of major branded products.

    • http://twitter.com/techbeck Mike B

      If you still think Samsung’s devices looks like Apple’s, especially with the N version, you are as delusional as Apple is.  And Apple had the nerve to tell Samsung how to design their products making them more bulky and ugly looking.  The changes in the N clearly shows Samsung is trying to work with Apple but Apple is not working with Samsung.  Apple’s way or GTFO

    • taz89

      lol you STILL think it looks like the ipad, well you got to hand it to the apple lovers.

      • Jdog25

        Honestly I think it does and I’m an Android users since the first month in 2008 and I hate the iPad (big iPod Touch). It looks nice but why did they go so far that they even included the same number of ports and buttons as the iPad? To me the Tab kinds defeats the purpose of having Android and no ports like SD, HDMI, USB, I just went with the Transformer. Now Moto went a little to far with their new tablet and it’s weird design. Apple did not invent the tablet but Sammy did go just a little tiny bit too far. I don’t hate iOS but I have Always stayed with Android because I think that Stock Android is superior to it.

        • taz89

          i agree the original tab looked similar to the ipad from the front but really any slab that is keeping to minimalist design are bound to look simialar,take the new transformer prime which too looks simialr to the ipad from the front byt from the back they look nothing a like…also placements of camera,speakers,no physical button,there was just too much difference personally for me for it to be a copy,i look at the tv market and pretty much all the tvs look the same from the front but you dont see everyone crying there…i will admit samsung did take it a bit too far by not keeping removable storage and making a propriety port but i read somewhere thats too allow faster charging because if it was charging through micro usb like phones it would take forever….but seriously the tab 10.1n looks nothing like the ipad from the front,has huge bezel and also speakers coming from the front…if everyone was to follow apples guidelines we would be getting some uncomfortable and ugly looking android devices…i wouldnt be surprised when/if apple come to the tv market,they probably going to start suing tv manufacturers aswell.

          • Jdog25

            Yeah I wouldn’t doubt it if they do make TV’s, LOL. Apple just needs to agree that all tablets are coping what we saw in 2001 A Space Odyssey. 

      • Jdog25

        Also that guy is just an Apple Fanboy who has been trolling Phandroid lately. Pretty pathetic if you ask me.

    • ewlung

      You sir, are officially stupid

    • Robert Manser

      You are an official dumbass and get off an Android forum.

    • Aeires

      Can’t tell if you’re serious or just making a joke.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7BLYRO7ONMJSBW5ZCPASFYYVRA J

      judges can’t see your small pee-pee either…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHMSCD7LCMTSLBCAY7JNIRPA5Y baby

      Have you been following up on all this lawsuits Apple had filed? Its ridiculous that they have to be the “go to” company after the fact they are trying to stop other companies from making their own, unique products. Its completely unfair to stop products that its basically up to the public to decide which product they want, not the maker. I do give it to Apple, they do make solid products but they give themselves a bad name and giving Samsung, practically, more and better business due to all this. So props to Samsung, Android all the way…

  • TechJunkie198

    Galaxy Tab 10.1N

    the “N” stands for ‘nana nana boo boo, stick your head in doo doo’

  • Jdog25

    I also think the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a rip off of the iPad, I mean just look at how they even didn’t bother to include any other ports like Micro SD or HDMI like all the other Android tablets. Also TouchWiz on phones does look a lot like iOS. Now I know that Apple isn’t just going after Samsung because of those things because Samsung is their biggest threat so if they can knock them down then they think that Android will fall. It is easy to see their plan because Apple even includes the Nexus in their lawsuit, when it doesn’t look like the iPhone and it doesn’t even run TouchWiz. A lot of people can’t see the big picture and all the Apple fanboy blogs just think this is about the Tab 10.1 looking like the iPad but even they are too dumb to realize that it is more than that. 

    Anyways this just makes Apple look bad and draws even more attention to Android, so it is a win win.

    • Paul Riley

      I have a tab 10.1 and my partner has an ipad, they are NOTHING alike UI wise, if I open the app tray then yes that looks like the home screen of the ipad, but how else can you display a list of apps? The home screens on the 10.1 are totally different, I have widgets on mine that the ipad simply can not do.

      Using both tablets gives me a very different experience. Physical looks, well they do look similar but its so easy to tell which is which.

      All just my opinion of course :)

      • Jdog25

        Yeah I know to this day after 3 years of Android I still chose Android over iOS because of those things. I have used iOS for almost a year so I do know my way around it but it the little things that Android does that makes my not bother with getting an iPhone, especially after owning all three Nexus in a row.

    • taz89

      i agree the original tab looked similar to the ipad from the front but really any slab that is keeping to minimalist design are bound to look simialar,take the new transformer prime which too looks simialr to the ipad from the front byt from the back they look nothing a like…also placements of camera,speakers,no physical button,there was just too much difference personally for me for it to be a copy,i look at the tv market and pretty much all the tvs look the same from the front but you dont see everyone crying there…i will admit samsung did take it a bit too far by not keeping removable storage and making a propriety port but i read somewhere thats too allow faster charging because if it was charging through micro usb like phones it would take forever….but seriously the tab 10.1n looks nothing like the ipad from the front,has huge bezel and also speakers coming from the front…if everyone was to follow apples guidelines we would be getting some uncomfortable and ugly looking android devices…i wouldnt be surprised when/if apple come to the tv market,they probably going to start suing tv manufacturers aswell. 

    • Aeires

      LG’s overlay also looks like Touchwiz, which people say looks like iOS.  Maybe I missed it but I haven’t read or heard about a single suit from Apple on LG stealing their designs.

      It’s not about appearances, it’s about who can sell the most tablets.

      • Jdog25

        Apple is going after their biggest threat first when it comes to Android OEM’s, that used to be HTC but now that is Samsung so their attention has focused on them now. If Samsung was to finally lose then I’m sure it will go back to HTC then LG but not Moto because they won’t go after Google directly. It isn’t just about how a product looks similar it is about them trying to go nuclear against Android. They want to cut the head off the snake but it won’t work.