Germany has upheld the ban on Samsung devices, dashing the company's hopes for relief from the injunction before a major European electronics trade show.
Apple Corp. had sought a ban on the import and sale of various Samsung devices on the basic of intellectual property infringement, alleging that the Galaxy series smartphones and tablets slavishly copied Apple's own iPhones and iPads, respectively.
The court in Düsseldorf, Germany found enough merit in Apple's case to issue a preliminary ban that was instituted on August 9 and covered all of Europe (minus The Netherlands), but the court amended the ruling a week later, admitting that its jurisdiction ended at German borders.
Earlier this week, a court in The Hague, Netherlands instituted its own ban on Galaxy imports and sales, delivering Apple another European win. It is unknown whether the Dutch or German courts also took into consideration the exposure of evidence of pictures that Apple had altered to make the Galaxy appear more like their product.
The German court ruled on Thursday that the injunction will remain in place until Sept. 9, which limits Samsung's options for the IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) Berlin, which ranks with the United States' CES as one of the largest consumer electronics trade shows in the world.
While the Apple litigation encompasses all aspects of the Galaxy series design from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging according to an Apple spokesperson, the German ruling was specifically concerned specifically with the design of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet device.
Apple has already achieved some success with a ban on the Galaxy Tab in Australia, and recently had a case before the United States' International Trade Commission advanced to the status of an 'active investigation', indicating that a ruling could come as soon as within upcoming weeks.
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