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Samsung Halts Galaxy Tablet Promotion In Germany 325

An anonymous reader writes "Samsung Electronics said Sunday it has pulled its latest Galaxy tablet from the IFA trade show in Berlin, after a German court approved an Apple-requested injunction — the latest move in a wide-reaching patent dispute between the two firms."
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Samsung Halts Galaxy Tablet Promotion In Germany

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  • That backfired. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by drolli ( 522659 ) on Monday September 05, 2011 @05:07AM (#37307002) Journal

    Clever, Apple, clever. Today from the "How do i make my competitor look more important than he probably is"-department.

    Attention for free. Show you tablet one day on a Exhibition, then get the free headlines that "It was pulled due to a court order from Apple".

    This directly makes the tables an competitor to the ipad (which they are not, they have different audiences, different sizes, and different advantages/disadvantages; i could well imagine to buy both).

  • by Teun ( 17872 ) on Monday September 05, 2011 @05:15AM (#37307036) Homepage
    It would greatly surprise me when Samsung isn't preparing a monumental counter claim to make up for lost revenue.

    Apples claims will not stand up to reality.

  • by Zouden ( 232738 ) on Monday September 05, 2011 @05:27AM (#37307066)

    I wonder if this will end up hurting Apple because it will start people thinking that if Apple is trying tactics like this to stop sales of the Galaxy Tab, then the Galaxy Tab must offer serious competition to the iPad. Apple normally don't resort to legal tactics to stop competitors since they can usually rely on producing a better product.

    The fact that the display booth at IFA was hastily covered up [] just smells of desperation on Apple's part. Of course it's more complicated than that, but most people won't see it that way. I suspect this battle will just result in bad PR for Apple, and extra publicity for Samsung.

    • by bjourne ( 1034822 ) on Monday September 05, 2011 @06:19AM (#37307210) Homepage Journal
      Doubt it, those of us who value digital openess are already avoiding Apple products like the plague.
      • I don't think it's impossible (like all the smug other responders in this thread seem to think) that public opinion could hurt Apple in the long run.

        Microsoft's bad behavior back in the 90's were arguably even more removed from the world of the average consumer than Apple's current behavior. However, given a few years, public opinion among even the average consumer on the street did sour against Microsoft.

        Sure, it wasn't enough to break their monopoly on operating systems, but how much do you think it cost

    • by jellomizer ( 103300 ) on Monday September 05, 2011 @06:26AM (#37307224)

      1. Most consumers don't know and don't care.
      2. Apple is still turning out high quality.
      3. Most consumers feel good about choosing a winner.

    • by igb ( 28052 )

      I wonder if this will end up hurting Apple because it will start people thinking that if Apple is trying tactics like this to stop sales of the Galaxy Tab, then the Galaxy Tab must offer serious competition to the iPad.

      What proportion of the potential iPad market follows technology court cases, forms an opinion on them and then uses that opinion to influence their purchasing decisions? 0.1%? More? You think?

    • It's going to hurt them in a much different way, at least to some degree. This trial convinced me that I don't want anything to do with these guys. previously, I was agnostic. I have an iPod Touch, and a G2 iPhone. I preferred the iPhone 4 to the phone I have now, but didn't plan to spend that much on plans, so I opted for an Android device. I also did not like how their restricted the devices to only AT&T, or Telmex in Mexico. I also didn't like the batteries running out. And that I didn't like to have

  • by PolygamousRanchKid ( 1290638 ) on Monday September 05, 2011 @05:40AM (#37307122)

    Well, I for one am reassured, now that courts will be controlling the scope of choice for me, when I go shopping for gadgets.

    The Galaxy is a copy? "Imitation is the highest form of flattery." Humans have been copying others' ideas since the invention of the wheel. What about the violation of the patent: "A Method and Process for Producing Fire by Rubbing Sticks Together" ?

    Hey, let the market decide . . . do you want the real thing with a chic logo . . . ? Or some cheap rip-off . . . ? Check your wallet first.

  • When I saw Apple starting to make gains I thought it was fantastic. They were finally able to sell their products to the masses, rather than their fans and those who enjoyed paying a premium for their goods.

    When the Apple Stores began to open, I joked to my brother: Hey, look at that - Apple has become the company that Microsoft always wanted to be.

    I got that wrong. They're not the new Microsoft - they're much, much worse than that. They've started to throw their weight around like nothing else, seemin

    • I wouldn't be surprised if Apple wanted to make a TV, BUT, they will face a world of patent lawsuits if they do, because none of the makers of TVs will quickly forget how Apple is currently treating competitors.

      Not only that, but all of them will be watching with eagle eyes for any possible way to return the favour to Apple in any way they can.

    • by Wovel ( 964431 )

      Financial times left the app store because theynwant your personal informatio. They pay affiliates a 35% commission on subscriptions... Those affiliates don't even process the credit card transaction. Do you believe Apple should allow them to market their app for free and not get anything in return?

  • I am vexed, piqued, annoyed, frustrated, exasperated by Apple's behavior! Who do they think they are?

    What can a small man really do to effect [positive] change in Apple's conduct?

    • You could climb on the shoulders of another small man, hang a large coat over your shoulders and talk in a really deep voice. That might not be enough, but it would be a start.

  • by theolein ( 316044 ) on Monday September 05, 2011 @06:21AM (#37307218) Journal

    This was posted there last night, and I was pretty surprised at the anger towards Apple in the comments (The comments there have since degenerated into an Apple Fanboi vs. the rest of the world "ur mom" catfight). But the general tone is clear: Apple could not have done more or better marketing for Samsung's devices. Apple is also royally hurting its own sacred brand with these type of actions, as the perception of Apple as the feisty underdog becomes one of an abusive monopoly similar to the way Microsoft has long been perceived.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by ceoyoyo ( 59147 )

      Engadget and Slashdot might be a LITTLE bit biased towards geeks who would probably buy a Galaxy Tab over an iPad anyway.

      I really doubt most of Apple's target market cares.

    • Yet, despite the negative reputation, Windows remains the dominant OS. Not saying that this won't cause any harm to Apple, just that the thing that'll cause real damage is if people start looking at the Galaxy as a legitimate replace for the iPad. And to be honest, no matter how good Galaxy is, I think the Apple tablet like Windows have too much momentum for that to happen anytime soon.

      • by Wovel ( 964431 )

        But all they have to do is try one in the store to realize it is not true. We all see more tab ads on tv then iPad ads. We all have more opportunity to use one in the store. Their sales are still pitiful.

  • First of all, you really do need to read beyond the title of some of these patents in question. When you see "Animated graphical user interface for a display screen or portion thereof" as a patent title, some people go "OMG, Apple is trying to patent the GUI for a phone!" And while some aspects of such a patent make you think that it is so obvious that it is totally unpatentable, well, the courts will decide that if, repeat if, they are presented with prior art. And so far, those patents haven't been thrown
    • by nstlgc ( 945418 )
      Yes, you should not be able to patent ideas. That is exactly what we're saying.
      • by Wovel ( 964431 )

        All inventions are ideas. All patents are patents on ideas. In other nes, this story is not about any patents. MIT is about a design Apple registered in the 1990s.

  • by G3ckoG33k ( 647276 ) on Monday September 05, 2011 @08:52AM (#37307728)

    Android market 200% in 12 months, Apple panics

    According to []

    "Apple's IOS operating system (OS) has fallen eight per cent in popularity over the last year, while Google's Android OS market share has doubled"

    Apple is a sore little pesky bastard. The iPad tablets they have produced have been around for decades as precursors, and for millennia (or millenniums, if you prefer) as design cues.

    There must be some reason why Samsung decides not to fight back much harder, the initial arguments is on their side. There is a secret agenda or clue somewhere. For now, I have no idea.

    • by Wovel ( 964431 )

      Good luck with that. Unfortunately it is based on extrapolations of data even Apple haters know is a load of crap.l

      • by jedidiah ( 1196 )

        Android has already made the world safe for smart phones that are not made by Apple.

        No delusion you spout will change that.

  • The whole of American Industry is reliant on international manufacturers like Foxconn and millions of good American jobs have been outsourced to places like India, China, Brazil , Korea, Southeast Asia, Russia and the former East European countries. The manufacturing machinery that I built for my former employer has been ripped out and shipped to Poland because of cheaper labor. American companies have no choice but to try to protect its intellectual property or see its standard of living fall to an equil

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"