Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 vs Apple: ‘patent wars’ hit IFA 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

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with tech journalists – including our own Tech Daily team in their Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 first look – and has now been replaced by the far less exciting Galaxy Note at one of the year’s most crucial trade shows.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.

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6 replies

  1. I feel that this will be a shame if Samsung kowtow to the insane wishes of the Sour Fruit. I’ve got Samsung stuff, it’s nothing like the Rancid Fruit in use. All devices of these categories will end up with cosmetic similarities, that’s dictated by the nature of the technology itself and the fact that human being needs to use it.
    Of course, this is just a sign that the Samsung stuff is actually good enough to worry the Over-ripe Fruit and that rather than fight it out in the shops it would rather use expensive lawyers to argue which is the better stuff.
    It’s about time Maggot-Eaten Fruit grew up.

    1. Why so bitter?

      In case you haven’t noticed, most of the big companies are suing each other. And that includes Samsung suing Apple… Just Google for the terms “samsung sues apple” and you’ll find plenty of examples. It has – unfortunately – become the normal way of doing business, to an extent, these days.

      It’s curious that you’re not ranting about Samsung growing up too. Is that somehow different?

  2. I think it is great shame there are these patent wars. Inevitably each company will have their own tablets fairly soon, very soon I hope. It seems to me that Apple are trying to hog the market and keep prices up at the expense of the consumer. More power to Samsung and Apple’s competitors.

    John Crossley

  3. This all started with Apple sueing Samsung, Samsung counter sued Apple then Apple hit back. As these devises are all doing the same job so they will be very simular. Apple did not have the first tablet or the first smart phone they just seem to have hit the market with devises that people are attracted to. The sue you sue me way of working only hits us the end users.

  4. Back in 1982 Apple copied the intellectual property of Xerox to develop the Mackintosh.
    The windows, icons, mouse and pull-down menus (WIMPs) were all features of the Xerox Star Graphic User Interface developed at Xerox Parc (Palo Alto Research Centre) and shown to Steve Jobs at a product launch. Apple later paid compensation in the litigation but now they are only reaping what they have sown.

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