The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet has become the latest victim in Samsung and Apple’s increasingly bitter spat over copyright infringement. Despite receiving its grand curtain raising at the IFA technology show in Berlin only last week, Samsung has already been forced to pull the tablet after Apple won an injunction against its sale and promotion in Germany.
Samsung had already taken the precaution of plastering the Galaxy 7.7 with stickers ‘not for sale in Germany’, but a court in Dusseldorf has now forced them to remove the tablet from their stand at IFA completely. This is a real blow for Samsung. The tablet had been a head turner with tech journalists – including our own Tech Daily team in their Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 first look - and has now been replaced by the far less exciting Galaxy Note at one of the year’s most crucial trade shows.
Samsung and Apple at loggerheads
This is not Samsung and Apple’s first tangle. The two rivals have been locking horns for the past few months over patents and copyright infringement on their newest tablets and smart phones. Apple claims Samsung’s Galaxy series has infringed on key design elements of its iPad and iPhone. An unhappy Samsung shot back with a counter claim saying that Apple has infringed on Samsung wireless patents.
In what’s being dubbed the ‘patent wars’, the two tech heavyweights have already tangoed in court rooms in the US, Europe, South Korea and Australia. Samsung has had its nose bloodied in the first skirmishes with Apple successfully obtaining a number of preliminary injunctions.
The next round?
What happens next? Given that Apple is one of Samsung’s biggest customers the two will – at some point – have to stop their courtroom brawling and talk settlement. Insiders believe Samsung is likely to pay out. But for now, watch out for Round 5.