Apple won the appeal filed by Samsung against Apple blocking Galaxy Tab in Germany. The German court upheld the ban and went Apple’s way with the judge in Dusseldorf declaring that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 had infringed iPad patents. According to Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hoffmann a “clear impression of similarity” could be seen in Samsung’s take on the tablet, citing the “minimalist, modern form”.
However the ban is only in effect in Germany and not entire Europe. The court said that “it could only be competent to order a Europe-wide ban for a firm headquartered outside the European Union if this firm has a German subsidiary,” writes AFP. The move comes not long after Samsung had to remove its tablets from the displays exhibition at the German IFA show. Unfortunately for the Korean company it will now have to the same in shops around Germany.
Apple has also sought a sales ban on the Galaxy Tab in Japan this week.