Apple wins EU-wide ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Apple wins EU-wide ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7I've largely kept my distance from the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung. Not because it's all quite complicated and has gone on way too long, though both those points are true. The simple truth is I don't actually care.

The whole thing is childish and ridiculous. You don't have to agree – that's entirely your right. But then please explain whose life is better off when a company develops and releases a new product – in this case the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 – and then is ordered to stop selling it by the courts.

Now before I get mowed down by a barrage of criticism, I'm not saying innovation should go unprotected and blatant copying of intellectual property go unpunished.

But does today's decision by a German court to give Apple the EU-wide injunction against the 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab it's been looking for bring us any closer to an ultimate resolution on an issue neither side seems even remotely interested in actually resolving once and for all?

Likewise, does the decision by the same court to deny an Apple a similar injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1N mean we won't see similar legal challenges appearing in other countries and even on other continents in the weeks and months to come?

Of course not.

Not when you consider that the decision against Apple was actually an appeal against a ruling made back in January – and that the Galaxy Tab 10.1N only exists in the first place because Samsung had to modify the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 after being found in breach of Apple patents last year.

Let me also be clear that I'm not suggesting for a second (as some have in the wake of today's rulings) that Samsung is in some way the good guy in all this. Sorry, but any possibility of a chance to play that role vanished in a cloud of legal fees a long time ago.

Let's not forget – we're talking about two companies so vastly dominant these days that each comfortably generates more profits than the rest of the entire mobile hardware industry put together.

To me there's something very wrong in seeing Apple and Samsung pour seemingly endless cash into their personal legal war with each other when across the industry capable, hard-working engineers, developers and the like are now jobless just because they don't happen to work for either of the corporate giants.

Yes, the lines start to blur when you factor in software and service giants like Microsoft and Google, but not in a way that makes anyone's life any better.

Anyhow, head over to TheNextWeb if you're hungry for more details. I'm not.

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eddyday  Jul. 24, 2012 at 19:28

Excellent news. I'm glad this judge has recognised that deliberate copying is wrong and Samsung and Google have been getting away with this for far too long, with no pushback.

Too bad we can't have proper judges in this country.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 24, 2012 at 20:30

Excellent news. I'm glad this judge has recognised that deliberate copying is wrong and Samsung and Google have been getting away with this for far too long, with no pushback.

Too bad we can't have proper judges in this country.

You mean proper judges like the absolute legend of a bloke who told Apple they have to publicly apologise to Samsung, not only on their own website, but also in several UK based publications?

That's what I call a "proper" judgement. Apple finally feeling the effects of their pointless and frivolous lawsuits against Samsung. Don't worry, SamsungBot has already covered the story (twice: once by me, once by SamsungBot officially), I'm sure you'll be pleased to hear.

Go UK!

Pondlife  Jul. 24, 2012 at 21:07

Erm how can he apply an EU wide ban?

Pondlife  Jul. 24, 2012 at 21:22

Excellent news. I'm glad this judge has recognised that deliberate copying is wrong and Samsung and Google have been getting away with this for far too long, with no pushback.

Too bad we can't have proper judges in this country.


You didn't read the bit about them losing the 10.1 case then? Seems odd to me as logically that one is more similar...

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 24, 2012 at 21:29

Erm how can he apply an EU wide ban?
Because EU rulings can, unfortunately, be applied to all nations within the EU. Utter bullsh*t, I know.

Pondlife  Jul. 24, 2012 at 23:39

Oh well lovely screen but rest of it not so good so overall no great loss, likely be appealed anyway.

Does that mean that if Apple won a case in Germany and the court said EU ban on the case they'd lost here recently it would counteract the ruling here?

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 24, 2012 at 23:50

Oh well lovely screen but rest of it not so good so overall no great loss, likely be appealed anyway.

Does that mean that if Apple won a case in Germany and the court said EU ban on the case they'd lost here recently it would counteract the ruling here?

They can sell in the UK, without reprimand by UK authorities, but they could be fined in Germany, for selling it in the UK. EU law is absolutely ridiculous, Germany have a different legal and patent system to that of the UK, yet rulings made under German law can affect things happening in the UK.

Absolute madness, IMO.

The only saving grace of the whole sorry story is the fact that the ban only applies to a pretty unpopular device....this time.

socialjeebus  Jul. 25, 2012 at 01:16

Obviously eddyday has no problem with apple effectively stealing 3g patents from samsung since day 1 of the iphone.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 25, 2012 at 01:25

Obviously eddyday has no problem with apple effectively stealing 3g patents from samsung since day 1 of the iphone.
Obviously not :p.

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