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A court in Germany, this week temporarily barred sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1" slates in the country following Apple's complaints about infringement of its patents by the South Korean company. The ban in one of the European countries mean that sales should be stopped in others except the Netherlands too.

Apple accuses Samsung Electronics of copying the look and packaging of its popular iPad media tablet. The company claims that Samsung infringes its patents and demands courts in various parts of the world to ban sales of Galaxy Tablet 10.1" slates - the devices which directly compete against the iPad-series products - in respective countries. So far it managed to temporarily bar sales of Galaxy Tablet 10.1V in Australia, but its short-term win in Europe is a more significant hit for Samsung. Samsung denies all accusations and vows to defend itself in court.

"Apple did well to choose the Düsseldorf, Germany-based court because it is known to be well disposed toward rights holders," said Jorma Hein, a lawyer specializing in intellectual property rights, reports Reuters news-agency.

Separate hearings are scheduled in The Hague in the Netherlands for Wednesday and Thursday. Experts said it was likely that Apple was seeking an import stop in the Netherlands because it is home to Rotterdam, Europe's biggest port.

Many market observers believe that Apple and Samsung will eventually settle their legal disputes out of court and sign certain deals or agreements. Samsung remains a key supplier of chips and other components for Apple's products, including the iPhone and iPad, which are the most popular devices from the company, therefore it barely makes sense for the companies to fight against each other. Nonetheless, with the bans of Galaxy Tab 10.1", Apple gets rid of a strong rival and essentially monopolizes a part of the media tablets market.

Tags: Apple, Samsung, Galaxy, iPad

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Well is it me or is this site dead no one replies to the news... is it old... well with-in a couple of days...is it because the site is not loading right at the moment...well it crashes IE8 with me and then loads only the adverts until i keep refreshing...

My comment are 100% speculation.

As for Apple and samsung as i said months ago Apple are being silly. Samsung will win in all angles of the out come even if they are told to pull their tablet. As they`ll have a chance to make a higher spec version and because of Apple they might decide to do this every 6 months and then make sure it`s always cheaper than Apple but as said all that Apple can now hope for is that they now have to hand over patents to samsung in a cross license agreement. I mean think about it Samsung can say lots of TV`s are Black, have the same bezel thickness, have the same connections and function between 80-90% of all other makes... The end.

BTW everyone in europe can buy the 10.1 until the judge rules in favour of Apple from Samsungs appeal, so nothing has changed from this news.

...And what the most valuable company mean, the board of directors at samsung could scribble down what they think it means and then find out it means most well know brand which would raise a OOOOhhhhhh... from Samsung, reason being Samsung is the 33 largest company in the world ...and Apple must be higher... er no, ok Just below them...er no. ok 5 places below...keep going...10 and going... in fact Apple are place 47th largest company .... Ah! In fact Samsungs profit last year doubled Apples.

Oh Apple what are you doing.....
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