Germany approves sale of reworked Samsung Galaxy Tab

A German court has given Samsung the go-ahead to sell its reworked Galaxy Tab in the country, putting an end to an injunction secured by Apple last year.

A German court has given Samsung the go-ahead to sell its reworked Galaxy Tab in the country, putting an end to an injunction secured by Apple last year.

 
The Dusseldorf state court ruled that there were clear differences between the reworked and renamed Galaxy Tab 10.1N and the iPad, affirming an earlier preliminary ruling that sought to allow Samsung's tablet back on the shelves.
 
Germany was the primary arena where Apple won its case, halting sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which many saw as the biggest competition to the iPad. Now that Samsung has circumvented the ban by altering the product, a common tactic in these cases, Apple can no longer try to monopolise the tablet market there.
 
 Germany approves sale of reworked Samsung Galaxy Tab
 
Samsung has fought back against Apple in Germany, counter-suing the company over the alleged infringement of three of its mobile patents. The Mannheim court has so far rejected two of those claims and a third is to be decided in early March.
 
With the legal war changing in favour of rivals to Apple, the company has recently called for changes in how patent rules should be applied, making proposals that would benefit it and put its rivals at a distinct disadvantage.
 
What has transpired shows that trying to play the patent game does not necessarily work if a company wants to beat the competition. The companies should probably look to pushing out new and better products with more innovative features if they want to remain on top.
 
Source: Reuters