Apple denied sales ban on Samsung tablets in Germany



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27 July 2012 | 0

Apple was denied an injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus and the adjusted Galaxy Tab 10.1N by the higher court of Munich on Thursday, a court spokesman said.

The patent in dispute is related to a "list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display." Apple lost a lawsuit about the same patent last February when the lower regional court of Munich deemed the patent invalid because it didn’t include anything new.

Samsung welcomed the ruling, which it said "confirms our position that the Galaxy Nexus, the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1N WiFi do not infringe Apple’s intellectual property."

In a case centering on design, Apple was granted a European ban on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 by the higher regional court of Dusseldorf on Tuesday, when the court decided that Samsung’s tablet looked too much like the iPad and infringed on Apple’s design rights.




The higher court, however, also ruled on Tuesday that the Galaxy Tab 10.1N is sufficiently altered and does not infringe on Apple’s design rights. The Tab 10.1N is an adjusted version of the original Tab 10.1 that was found to infringe on Apple’s design rights in Germany and was subsequently banned in the country. The Dusseldorf higher court confirmed the decision that the lower regional court of Düsseldorf made earlier this year and declared that the Galaxy Tab 10.1N can legally be sold in Germany.

Samsung had more good news this week, announcing that net profit was up 48% to 5.19 trillion won (€3.7 billion) in the quarter from a year earlier, while its revenue was up 21% to 47.6 trillion won.

Its mobile phone business was the highest performer with revenue of 20.52 trillion won, up 75% year-on-year. The company said its revenue and profit in mobile grew over the previous quarter due to an improvement in its product mix, and an increase in sales of its high-end smartphones.

The company saw its consumer electronics revenue grow by 7%, and display panel business rise 16%, but its semiconductor revenue dropped 6% over the same quarter last year owing to weaker demand for PCs.

IDG News Service

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