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German court rejects Apple bid to ban sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1N, Galaxy Nexus

The Munich Regional Court in Germany has rejected Apple's latest attempt to block sales of two Android-powered Samsung devices, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1N and Galaxy Nexus.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1N is a redesigned version of the original Tab 10.1, which Samsung brought to market to work around an earlier ruling preventing them from selling that model in Germany. If successful, Apple's attempts to block Galaxy Nexus sales would've been a major blow for Android, on account of that device's place as the flagship Google Experience smartphone.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, today's case related to touchscreen patents for smartphones and tablets. On rejecting the motion to block sales of the Samsung devices, Presiding Judge Andreas Mueller indicated that the patent in question would likely be revoked --

"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."

This is the latest chapter in the on-going patent war between Apple and Samsung, which began in mid-2011 and shows no sign of abating. The two companies remain locked in battle in courtrooms across the world.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

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  • :-D
  • Wow...only 2 comments? A win for Samsung here, a win for Apple there...I wonder how long this divorce can continue in court?
  • A judge with the ability to see through Apple's "Shock and Awe"? Priceless
  • I have one thing to say about Apple: DIE!
  • All this legal BS and yet apple still relies on Samsung to make parts for the iPhone. I think instead of apple threatening to shop somewhere else for their parts Samsung should just wait until the last possible second of the next big apple product to go into production and then pull out! Its the least they can do after getting fucked by the fruit in court for so long!!!
  • ATAST!! (And Then Apple Sued Them)
    This is getting a bit ridiculous. Oh my... they are both rectangles. Sue!
  • I feel stupid now for saying something nice about Steve nutJob when he died.
  • that's a bit callous don't you think? I understand your love and desire for Android to succeed but to put an electronic device above someone's life is a bit strong. Whether you liked Jobs or not (and I'm no fan myself) he was still a person with family and friends who will miss him.
  • I tried so many times to come up with a reasonable reply to you. I can't. You're just a complete asshole. You should feel stupid for saying something nice about him, when you obviously didn't mean it in the first place. But hey, he had just died so you couldn't be your normal assholish self, right?
  • Not a word on iMore...
  • " that was already on the market before the intellectual property had been filed for protection." Finally - a judge with common sense to see through all the BS.
  • The only people that would mistake an iPhone with a Galaxy Nexus are the same ones who need help accessing "the internets" or people with cataracts!
  • Seems the only people who can beat apple's profits will be their litigation lawyers!
  • Mmm, these posts are always great to soak up the Apple hate.