The latest chapter in the ongoing patent feud between Samsung and Apple sees one of the former's tablets being banned throughout the EU, and the latter seeking damages of over $2.5 billion in the U.S. courts.
First up, a court in Dusseldorf, Germany has ruled that while the Galaxy Tab 10.1N doesn't infringe upon Apple's patented designs, but its 7.7-inch sibling wasn't so lucky. As a result, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has been banned from sale across the EU. This results in a rather bizarre situation in the UK, where Apple was recently ordered to take out ads stating that Samsung didn't copy the iPad's design, yet Sammy is unable to sell its Tab 7.7 because it's copying the iPad's design.
Meanwhile in California, court documents reveal exactly how much cash Apple wants from Samsung in damages as part of the ongoing patent war. According to figures unearthed by FOSS Patents, Cupertino is seeking a total of more than $2.5 billion from the Korean company. That's made up of $2.02 for every Samsung product that uses "overscroll bounce," $3.10 for every device that uses a "scrolling API," and $24 for each device found to infringe upon Apple's patented designs or trade dress.
Whether Apple gets its way remains to be seen, but whatever happens, we can be sure the patent lawyers will be laughing all the way to the bank.
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