Dutch court denies Apple's request for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction
The request has now also been denied by an appeals court, with the judge basically saying that while the two slates sport some similarities, they are not as broad as Apple was trying to portray them, similar to what the Californian judge said in the lawsuit there.
Samsung has its EU logistics hub in the Netherlands, and, at one point, it was feared that Samsung might have to reshuffle its distribution chain in Europe to sell its flagship tablet there, if an injunction took place in the land of windmills.
This might also have repercussions in Germany, where the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales were banned before the holidays, and Samsung filed an appeal, thus eventually resulting in lifting the ban there as well, and leaving the final design right infringement verdicts for the trials later this year.
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I wonder how much Apple has spent pursuing sales bans against Sammy's products? Other than in Germany, I don't see the expenditure bringing much benefit to Apple. And if someone in Germany really wants a Sammy tablet, I doubt they aren't getting one.
This is just arrogance taken to a higher level courtesy of Apple's pile of cash.
10. JonGarrett (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Aug 2011)
apple reportedly spent $100 million on its lawsuits against HTC so I suppose they spent maybe twice as much against Samsung.
either way, its a waste of money, time and resources.
5. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
the amusing irony of this is that the more injunctions that are lost, the more likely it is that precedence will be set against their claims making it that much more difficult to bring suit in the future
6. theBankRobber (Posts: 666; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Apple can only play the same card over and over again until somebody grows some balls and put a end to this BS
7. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
i am delighted. good job done sammy
8. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
Apple's squarish tab looks suspiciously similar to squarish TVs and monitors and movie screens people have been using. Will someone apply for an injunction against all squarish Apple products?
9. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
wait how can this be possible?Samsung copied apples rectangle its so obvious....lol it was only a matter of time before the courts got its sense together.
11. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
You'd think that with all these losses that Apple would just quit and accept Android as a worthy opponent to iOS.
13. ilia1986 (unregistered)
That means that they are going to make iOS more user customizable...
Unfortunately - not going to happen. My iPhone 4 will never have Widgets it seems. /cries
12. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
So because of the founders vendetta against Android, instead of making money through deals and such you waste non refundable money on frivolous lawsuits. So on top of not making cash, you are also spending cash that could have been used for something like making the products cost a little less or more R&D.
This is the type of crap that business corps can't stand, emotions. They ruin a perfectly good strategy with illogical, ridiculous thought processes and can cost you billions if you are a publicly traded company. Matters not how much money you have in reserves, investors like one thing, making money and when you make moves that start losing money they get concerned. How long do you think Apple can continue this sort of nonsense before their investors have had enough? In this ecosystem of technology it's pretty tough to keep a large company at bay with product bans, they have the resources to fix the offending piece and then get it out to market quickly then what?