Apple wins EU-wide ban on Galaxy Tab 7.7

Apple’s just gotten another major victory over Samsung in the European Union. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 ha been banned in the European Union. This preliminary injunction prohibits Samsung from shipping any more of the units in that region, and we couldn’t be more confused.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N, a modification of the original to avoid an injunction on the original, was allowed to go on sale after an appeal by Samsung. A judge saw that the new tablet did not infringe on any of Apple’s patents.

There’s no information on why, exactly, Apple was granted this particular victory. It has to be some extremely strong patent for the German Dusseldorf appeals court to shut Samsung’s tablet out of the entire European Union.

It wasn’t made clear whether or not this was the same thing that caused the initial ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but even that wasn’t hit so hard. We’ll be on the lookout for more details. In the meantime be sure to keep any cursing of Apple’s name respectable in the comments section below.

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  • King_James_The_Wicked

    The Rotten Fruit is the new name that shall not be mentioned. Curse them and their vile lawyers…

  • phonixor

    _._

  • GlennStile

    I step forward 2 steps back for Apple, they ban the 7.7 Galaxy Tab just after the Nexus 7 launch. Who is going to buy the 7.7 gtab @ £350 when you can get the nexus 7 at £159 ??

    • feztheforeigner

      I don’t think that was the point…

    • spicymeatball

      I would buy the 7.7 gtab for the back facing camera.

    • Matthew Merrick

      anyone who wants cellular data on a 7″ tab.

  • Kelly Anderson

    The 7.7 was banned.
    The 10.1n passed and it’s case was thrown out.
    This article is very confusing, mixing up the 2 different tabs.

    • Oliver Petruzel

      That (the confusion) is the entire point of the article. IOW, it doesn’t make any sense that the 10.1n was allowed back on the shelves while the 7.7 has now been hit with an über ban-hammer.

  • Treknologist

    Nothing to say but…

    • bakdroid

      I think it is more like…

      • peanutsrevenge

        Only because they…

  • EasyEEE

    So, remake as Galaxy Tab ][ 7.8

    Heh … Hey, I am trying …

  • tBs_Battousai

    WTF

  • Ashley Miller Jr

    The ban was due to the fact that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is so similar to the iPad, that it could be confused with the iPad. Hmm… I guess size really doesn’t matter then. Apple, you can try to continue the “thermonuclear war” all you want. The only problem is, Android has (and is still building) bigger, badder nukes.

    • No_Nickname90

      I’m sorry, but that CANNOT be the reason. There is too much of a difference in size to know that’s not an iPad. I’m sorry, but no. I’m not going to believe that. I refuse to believe a judge allowed THAT to win a case.

      • GlennStile

        I a German court, I totally believe it

  • Jeffrey Evans

    Of course, can’t have that competing with the upcoming iPad Mini. /s

  • tim owens

    its been banned because its a clone of the iPad 7″. wait…….wut?

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      It’s a “pre-clone” since Apple will debut a smaller iPad later this year >.<

      • Pascal

        But apple has patent for 7” :D

      • Seth Forbus

        Because that makes sense.

  • Simpleankit

    Tab 7.7n is on the doors

  • Frans-Peter van der Leur

    For your information, some euronazi german judge has nothing to say in, for example, MY country The Netherlands. What do you think? What happens when a judge in the UK says the device is just OK for the EU? Third world war? Forget about the EU, it´s finished.

    • bakdroid

      Technically the Third World War was the Cold War.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

        I never saw that war declared, so technically, no it wasn’t. (And yes, neither was any conflict the US has been in since WWII)

        • bakdroid

          Twas a de-facto state of war.

          And no, the others were not world wars….but they were still wars. Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf Wars, etc. were all wars and if you disagree, I suggest you go speak to a veteran that served in them. And if you are not from the US, shut your trap. The US has done all the work while the rest of the EU’s Armies sat back and drank tea.

          • Badgerboy1977

            Yes those are wars (and no not world wars and neither was the cold war) but the rest of your statement is inflammatory, ignorant, downright false and you do your country and its servicemen a disservice with your arrogance.

          • bakdroid

            You don’t know the first thing about serving your country.

    • Quboid

      Presumably he does. A German judge isn’t going to make pan-EU judgements unless he’s got EU jurisdiction, i.e. the court was presumably an EU court rather than a German one.

  • GoogleIt!!!!

    Kelly, why are you so easily confused? Might I suggest you become a judge.

  • GoogleIt!!!!

    Apple stores = glass house. Lets cast some stones.

  • EasyEEE

    More reason for the EU to dissolve and go away.

  • BigCiX

    Apple is just a bunch of biaatches!!!!

  • Jason Keenan

    #BadApple

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

    Hey, a million or so Euros tossed into a judge’s lap goes a long way… Just saying… Not that Apple would EVER do something underhanded…

  • DanWazz

    Who would have thought the Australians would be the only sane people in the world right now?

    • Alexander Ramirez

      Well, we’re always joking that they are upside down… in this case, they’re right side up.

      • No_Nickname90

        Oh my gosh!! I so get what you’re doing there. ROTFLoL!!

  • endinyal

    Please… how are you “confused” by the ban? Samsung copies Apple, Samsung gets banned. How difficult is that to comprehend? Would you like it written in crayon to better understand. Might make it easier for everyone else here to understand too if they continue to sing the “patent the rectangle” song.

    Ultimately , this is good for the consumer. It will force Samsung from this point forward – and any other clowns considering pulling the same stunt – to actually create their own designs instead of using Apple’s R&D department.

    • effApple

      trolololol

    • MG83

      Apples R&D department while “creating the iPhone”

      It has a GUI, patent it.
      It’s a rectangle, patent it.
      It’s mobile, patent it.
      Can we patent black? Probably!! Patent it.

      Why didn’t anyone think of this before?

      • No_Nickname90

        Hey!! I learned about all that in my 1st grade class!! =.D

    • http://www.facebook.com/jfellis James Ellis

      Apple no longer has an R&D department, only a legal department. It’s all that they need! Those who can’t innovate, litigate!

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      You spelled your screen name wrong… “In Denial” is the correct spelling :p

      • No_Nickname90

        Lack Toast In Tolerant

        • Lactose_the_Intolerant

          lol.

    • Seth Forbus

      How does it make you feel to know that Samsung is one of the companies Apple can’t afford to outright purchase? Samsung is practically their own country. (Most of the exports of South Korea). Samsung is big. They are here to stay.

    • http://twitter.com/samthewise28 Samuel Pagano

      please explain to me how samsung “copied” a product that apple doesn’t even produce? half of the issue with the note 10.1 was the fact that it looked like the ipad(and that was arguable), the dimensions of this device are completely, and by your logic only apple should be able to produce anything in a tablet form factor. Troll somewhere else please

    • No_Nickname90

      So the Galaxy 7′ tab looks lyk an iPad? It doesn’t look lyk an iPad to me. I will admit, the Galaxy S1 resembled an iPhone, but I don’t see iPad when I see the 7′. Sorry.

    • tBs_Battousai

      Watch this and tell me that Apple was the first with a tablet
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBEtPQDQNcI

      at 1:27, is that an iPad mini?!?

      go on, watch it… I dare you….

  • https://twitter.com/#!/ZayStylin Zay Stylin

    So “somehow” the 7.7 is banned without a particular patent eh? I smell a hefty bribe.

  • matdr57

    Wow………waiting on Samsung to pull all of the stuff that apple buys from them and see how far apple gets on a brick that dose nothing no calls no data no nothin

  • Pascal

    So apple users are so stupid, that they don’t recognize iPad and buy Tab or … :D

    • No_Nickname90

      ROTFLoL!! Oh my gosh!! BWAHAHAHAHAAAA!! I can’t stop laughing. =.P

  • SS

    I can’t help but think that as companies, Apple and Samsung don’t like each other!

  • No_Nickname90

    The judge knows he/she den fuhked up and don’t wanna say what the reason was. The judge probably allowed something so tedious and stupid to past, and after seeing all these later patents, is too ashamed to tell. Hmph!!

  • http://www.futuresgraphics.con noah

    I know for a fact apple is trying to bankrupt Samsung to in the end pirchase everything samsung owns in the future… Before Samsung sees that they should really cut off Apple n join with google completly. The executives at Samsung has gotten too greedy and wanting their parts in every machine. Apple is pretty much gettinh their phones built for free with these lawsuits. I’ll be forever on Samsung n Googles side!

  • No_Nickname90

    Transformer Prime and iPad 2.
    http://static.droidblog.net/dgstorm/df/Asus-Transformer-Prime-vs-Apple-iPad-2-Design-01.jpg

    All of Apple’s “copying my design” arguments are dumb and are strictly aimed at destroying Android. There is nothing you can say about this. Go on, bring up something else completely irrelevant to this current argument since you know you lost this one.

    I guess you need to go back to law school. Can’t win Apple’s law cases lyk that.

  • JevyJav

    Wow… I just don’t know where to begin. Have you at any point looked into the specific patents that Android is being accused of violating ie. Slide to unlock or Universal search? Have you at any time owned or operated an android device for more than a fleeting moment and compared it to an iPhone? The legal troubles of a Korean CEO aside Apple has been suing almost all android device manufacturers. Are they all merely copy cats? The touch screen phone has been around long before the iphone in fact Samsung was one of the pioneers of that technology along with Lg. You know what depresses me is folks such as your self who seem to have this idea in their head (due to magnificent marketing on Apples part) that Apple invented the smart phone and totally ignore the decade prior when names like Nokia, lg and samsung reigned supreme but oh those are foreign companies their innovations don’t count right? Look at the Lg Prada or the Samsung F700 and pretend those never existed ok.

    • EarlyMon

      Sorry, the level of trolling and misinformation in the post you responded to was just too much to bear.

  • JevyJav

    Apple isn’t doing this to protect IP common sense will scream that at you once you look at the patents they are suing over, along with their declining Market Share. They are merely doing their absolute best to get rid of a group of competitors that their one trick pony seems to slowly be falling underneath the combined weight of. This is Apple competing through the courts using tax dollars because on the market as we all know consumers are the only judges and the better product wins. The numbers don’t lie

  • Andrzej R. Janus

    Am i the only one who thinks that this whole patenting system is flawed ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sandeep-Kowdley/1009635801 Sandeep Kowdley

    Apple seems to have run out of ideas and have finally resorted to going after other competitors who actually have great products. This attitude of Apple would have a terrible backlash and they would surely end up losing respect in the eyes of consumers. Sore losers – thats what they are right now!