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Thursday, 11 August 2011 09:46

Apple continues Android lawsuits in EU

Written by Nick Farell

Why compete with good products when you can sue
Jobs' Mob is continuing to use a legal loophole to get rival tablets banned from the EU.

As Samsung found out, Apple has discovered that it can get a rival banned from the entire EU by going to a German court and alleging that they nicked its technology. No evidence needs to be presented to the court and the rival does not even have to be told about it until after the injunction. The injunction covers all European countries, other than Holland, which is too flat for that sort of thing.

The injunction holds until a trial, but that could take weeks or even months, during that time people who what a tablet have to sell their souls to Apple. Yesterday it was Samsung which was hit by this legal trick, and been forced to withdraw the  Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which was widely seen as a good rival to the iPad.

FOSS Patents has found that within Apple's complaint against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Jobs ' Mob has similar plans for iPad competitors Motorola and Jay-tech. After translating the German filing, FOSS notes that Apple is using the same court to sue Motorola over the design of the Xoom.  So far there is no word on an injunction against Motorola.

However Jay-tech has been served a preliminary injunction for a tablet which has not even been released yet. FOSS said that its unknown which operating system Jay-tech's now banned tablet was going to run.


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+1 #1 STRESS 2011-08-11 12:39
That could go terrible wrong for Apple. I hope Samsung stops supply of any further chips to Apple at once and then they're [censored]ed
+1 #2 Tranzz 2011-08-11 14:08
All the tablet makers need to claim the same against the ipads and get sales of them stopped also. Infact they could take turns and keep apple out of the market for quite some time.
+2 #3 LudwigX 2011-08-11 14:33
I can't believe what I'm reading... Quote from heise.de (translated to english)

"The Galaxy Tab 10.1 copys following "different Elements": It's a rectangle product with 4 equally rounded corners", es hat "has a flat clear surface, which covers the front side of the device" and it shows "the view of a metallic band around the flat clear surface". Moreover when switched on it shows “colored icons on the display” and copys the “distincitve” thin profile of the IPad 2, so Apples lawyers..."
+2 #4 LudwigX 2011-08-11 14:33
Omg noo, it's rectangle shaped with 4 equally round corners!! Nokia should sue Apple, my old 6300 has this!
Moreover my 6300 has a flat clear surface on the front side! And it even has aluminium around the device!
I can't believe it.. when i press menu: I CAN SEE ICONS ON MY NOKIA!Yes, on the display!!
(Sorry for 2 comments, but the text would be too long for 1 comment)
0 #5 DazzXP 2011-08-11 19:11
Told you Motorola was next inline.
0 #6 JEskandari 2011-08-11 19:17
well thanks god I'm not German otherwise I'd have been really ashamed of myself because of
such court , it's unbelievable make such rule just because its rectangular with carved corners and it has color Icons.
0 #7 tokad 2011-08-11 22:23
Maybe Samsung should release a "deappling" kit:

1.) 4 rubber elements for the corners like you put on table corners to protect children from hurting their heads in case of a clash - also the thickness of the tablet whould increase.
2.) A pink adhesive tape to cover the metallic band.
3.) A foil to unflatten and matt the surface.
4.) A grey theme to remove the colour out of the icons.

Cheap measure and we are able to buy good tablet stuff and not that lame fruit crap.
0 #8 Orumus 2011-08-12 00:28
This is preposterous! apple just keeps sinking to new lows. And that "court" system needs a serious overhaul.... Christ we have gone from a species that adapts and furthers our technology to a species that stifles innovation and competition for such sort sighted goals like quarterly earnings. What is happening to the spirit of man. Its so sad.
0 #9 Slosiris 2011-08-12 02:53
Screw counter suing over tablets, why doesn't someone go to this court and describe how apple laptops infringe on I don't know their laptop form factor and should obviously also be banned.
0 #10 PorscheRacer14 2011-08-12 10:25
I wonder if Microsoft's shares in Apple make them exempt from being sued? Just a thought...

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