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Apple Loses German Court Bid To Ban Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N, Nexus Phone 193

chrb writes "Apple has failed to get a patent ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1N and the Nexus phone in Germany. Presiding Judge Andreas Mueller stated, 'Samsung has shown that it is more likely than not that the patent will be revoked because of a technology that was already on the market before the intellectual property had been filed for protection.' The patent in question covered list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display. This news follows the recent Appeals court ruling that upheld the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban."
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Apple Loses German Court Bid To Ban Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N, Nexus Phone

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 03, 2012 @06:47AM (#38913187)

    Motorola bans Apple from seling Ipads and Iphones and Germany :D

    Sorry, german only:

  • Any surprises here? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by goose-incarnated ( 1145029 ) on Friday February 03, 2012 @06:50AM (#38913205) Journal
    Just like in the SCO vs World case, we all know what the eventual outcome will be - it will just take time, thats all, before Apples worthless patents to be deemed as such in all courts. Patenting Black-Rectangular-with-rounded-Corners-computing-Device was never going to turn out well.
  • by siddesu ( 698447 ) on Friday February 03, 2012 @07:24AM (#38913331)

    No surprise at all. But this is the goal of Apple in the first place. The smartphones and the tablets are like perishable goods -- the pace of new product development is fierce, so delaying a product by a few months has a huge impact on the bottom line. And that is what Apple is shooting for with patents that are at most borderline bogus.

    This and a ruthless, magical marketing gives them a not insignificant edge, the quality of their products notwithstanding.

  • Wow.. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Adult film producer ( 866485 ) <> on Friday February 03, 2012 @07:43AM (#38913407)
    Apple is now a Patent Troll... have they so given up on innovation that they can on live on shady backroom deals and the charity of a judge?
  • Re:who wins? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by BlackCreek ( 1004083 ) on Friday February 03, 2012 @08:37AM (#38913607)

    > Fact is that Samsung created a tablet that looks very similar to an iPad, and that similarity was intentional. Other tablets do _not_ look that similar.

    A rectangular screen with a black border around it. Do you actually believe Apple invented the design of "screen with a black border around it"? How many digital photo displays are "screens with a black border around it"? Oh, perhaps you meant "a rectangular screen with a black border around it and a single round button"?

    FYI, All older Samsung TVs (I own one) were "rectangular screens with a black border around it with a single round button in the middle". Or you are going to say that as the tablets have a touch screen, any other design without a touch screen won't apply?

    Do you also believe that mobile video calling was invented by Apple when they released the "iphone with a video camera in the front"?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 03, 2012 @08:49AM (#38913659)

    Well there's iBooks of course.

    Google Books.

    And iTunes.

    Google Music.

    And a much better ecosystem generally.

    Getting an app rejected because it competes or might compete with a future Apple app is awesome.

    Well there's regular OS updates.

    Just like Android.

    And no malware.

    And no choice.

    No fragmentation

    And no customization.


    Speaktoit Assistant

    It comes down to whether you value hardware features/tinkering or content/UI/general slickness more.

    Android offers all of that.

    Android is a copycat OS. To pretend otherwise is stupid.

    Except the Android OS predates iOS.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 03, 2012 @10:13AM (#38914209)

    Yes, it's almost as stupid as patenting a rectangle with rounded corners and getting something banned over it!

    So you didn't read Apple's patent claims, just what was said on Slashdot. Congratulations.

    With that in mind, what do you think of the case of the original iPhone looking very much like the LG Prada, which was clearly the first design taking phones in the "iPhone design direction"? LG wasn't so litigious as Apple, so it haven't been tried in courts around the world, but the "rip-off" is at least on similar level as Samsung and iPads. Should iPhone have been banned?

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