Apple scores a EU-wide ban on sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, but 10.1 is free to roam

Apple scores a EU-wide ban on sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, but 10.1 is free to roam
A German court today upheld the injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, so the tablet is basically banned from being sold and marketed in the European Union for infringing on Apple's iPad design patents. It was just last year when Samsung was frantically trying to hide it from the IFA show floor in Berlin when it learned about the lawsuit filed against the slate, but that obviously didn't help. Samsung commented on the decision:
Too bad, since tablets with Super AMOLED screens and brushed aluminum backs are hard to find these days, but on the other hand Apple lost the appeal for the same EU-wide injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, so the 10-incher is free to roam everywhere in Europe where there's still disposable cash or the credit cards haven't been maxed-out yet. Here Samsung didn't miss the opportunity to gloat one bit:

Related phones

Galaxy Tab 7.7
  • Display 7.7" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 5100 mAh
GALAXY Tab 10.1
  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 6800 mAh



1. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted." So true.

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

This is what I mean about Apple's approach. C'mon pretty soon they are going to patent the actual rectangle so no one can use it. Kids at schools will now have square notebooks & textbooks. This is just silly at best now.

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009


3. salam-joseph

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

i have the tab 7.7

12. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

congrads? what you want a cookie? lol

4. ilia1986 unregistered

Yet another ban courtesy of Apple paranoia because of the impending iPad mini.. The dirtiest strategy of all - banning competitive products instead of competing with them.

5. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

not sure what happened to my original post. I dont follow much on the iSue stories and I didnt read the whole articule but I wonder if this has something to do with the iPad mini coming out. Maybe Apple wants to solely control that part of the tablet market

6. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Enjoy your victory apple. We are now waiting for the galaxy note 10.1.

9. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i heard apple's got the galaxy tab banned. but... we have the Galaxy Note 10.1! YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAH! *horatio*

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

People even more will be interested to buy banned product because banned fruit is always the sweetest. :P

8. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

If you wanna see what is unfair, please go to a German court. If you wanna see what is bias , judge Koh is the answer. If you wanna see what is justice, the Netherlands is the perfect example.

24. true1984

Posts: 870; Member since: May 23, 2012

the UK is justice. they're even making apple issue a formal apology in an ad that has to run for 6 months saying samsung did not infringe on our products. the best part, they filed to appeal and got the same judge

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Are you f---ing kidding me? Apple needs to stop because honestly its getting out of control.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iThink all courts should throw out all paper napkin drawings (or, use them to wiPe their iA$$es!)!!


Posts: 97; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

that was funny Papinyc. Lmao..... when-ever u post and use the "i " word's i keep, u make me laugh bro!!!

13. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I will never buy an apple product, rather than challenge with innovation they challenge with rubbish court appeals. I mean come on this is ridiculous

14. aaron12345

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Seriously apple, If your so scared about competitors and how great their products are, why not do the smart thing and make something that is incredible. because we all know you aren't really suing for the fact it looks like an ipad (honestly, it doesn't even look close) and change that mobile operating system of yours, I even laugh when I see the words, ",the most advanced mobile operating system in the world," because it isn't advanced, its plain and simple and really needs a change, your lucky your not getting sued for that drop down notifications panel. Grow up apple

15. e.wvu unregistered

I'm a little lost on this. For what reason did to 7.7 get banned?

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Because was a good competitor.

20. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i think it's because it's near the iPad Mini's 7.85... :/ god i hate apple.

22. e.wvu unregistered

So Apple can ban a product for when their product hasn't been released or the fact that it hasn't been officially announced yet? Sounds like Tim Cook got on his knees to serve the judge.

27. ph00ny

Posts: 2066; Member since: May 26, 2011

it has a screen and it's in rectangular shape

16. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Is it me or i find it ridiculous?! Galaxy tab 7.7 got banned even when Apple has yet to be announced their iPad mini 7, while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 which is direct competitor of iPad didn't get banned? o_O

19. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Why does a German court's ban on the 7.7 apply EU wide? It doesn't. In fact, the "ban" is so lame, that resellers can still buy it from Samsung Korea instead of the german subsidiares, not advertise it but still sell it, and be perfectly legal in Germany. Lame victory.

21. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I think the rumor that apple is going to make an ipad mini or whatever they wanna call it, should be out of the picture. Apple won an injunction for the galaxy tab 10.1 design that closely resembles the ipad2. (samsung lawyers can't even distinguish the difference remember?) galaxy tab 10.1 was ready for release last year but when they saw how thin the design of ipad2 is, they went back to the drawing board to build the new galaxy tab 10.1, that same tab they lost the injunction with. Even if they shrunk it to 7.7 it still infiringes ipad2 design. The tab 10.1N is an exemption because we all know what it looked like after the wrokaround, like the htc flyer. I know apple has become a lawsuit machine but this time, samsung really lost it.

25. true1984

Posts: 870; Member since: May 23, 2012

i remember apple lawyers photoshopping the galaxy tab to look like the ipad in order to mislead the judge. but for the thing you said i'd need a source before i beleive that

30. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yea Samsung went back to make it thinner, big deal! What, apple has a patent design on thinness!? Ridiculous. Everyone knows it and apple is only losing customers each day this crap continues.

26. thebest

Posts: 231; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

i think samsung should find a permanent solution for this or make a slightly different design,packaging and become secure like copied the gui and pointing devices from apple but they have managed to survive without a also owns some patents to sue the ultrabooks but they never even think to do that, i believe nokia is free from patent wars because they use wp did ms escape from most of the lawsuits? they also earn a lot from all the android phones but google is not worried about it......i just don't understand why? how? are we more interested in phones and tablets than in pcs?

28. ph00ny

Posts: 2066; Member since: May 26, 2011

Community Design should go away all together. If you've ever seen the submission by apple, you will see a lot of competitor's product designs being submitted just because they can and the fact that Community design requires no real validation outside of name and address

29. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

apple's first iphone was innovation for the time now they are doing the exact opposite

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