Telecom giant Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 has been in banned in the entire European Union, as per the order given by a court in Germany. The tablet supposedly “looks too much like the Apple’s iPad”, and has been found to infringe Apple’s design rights.
The 7.7 inches tablet was launched in Berlin last year. The order comes even as there was an existing ban on the sales of the tablet across Germany. With this fresh order by the court, the ban has been extended to the entire European Union region.
Samsung has in the meanwhile given a statement indicating that it was “disappointed with the court’s ruling” and that it “will continue…to protect our intellectual property rights and defend against Apple’s claims to ensure our products remain available to consumers throughout the European Union”.
The German court however spared the altered Galaxy Tab 10.1N, and indicated that it does not infringe on Apple’s designs, and will be allowed to be sold in Germany. Both the rulings are final, the court has said.
The German court ruling has come in a week after Samsung recorded a rare win in the UK, which has given a ruling that the Galaxy Tab slates, including the Tab 7.7, Tab 8.9 and Tab 10.1, “did not copy” Apple’s iPad.