Dutch Supreme Court rules that Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 design doesn’t infringe upon iPad

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The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled this week that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1′s design doesn’t infringe on design elements of the Apple iPad. This stalls Apple’s plans of trying to get the Galaxy Tab 10.1′s off the shelves in the Netherlands. Apple says that Samsung infringed on the registration of a 2004 “community design” of the iPad. A “community design” in the European Union is a form of intellectual property right that prevents businesses from copying the aesthetics of products.

The court dismissed the case, explaining that while Apple’s design patents were valid, there isn’t much of a case to be made against the Galaxy Tab since numerous other products have also implemented similar designs. The court also noted that the Galaxy Tab is different enough from the iPad to be unique in the eyes of an informed consumer.  Samsung responded to the ruling with a zinger, stating “Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners.”

Source: PC World

Judge Lucy Koh lifts ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Judge Lucy Koh has reneged on her previous decision to stop sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US, and has officially lifted the sales injunction on the device. This change of heart has come after a California Court of Appeals found that the tablet did not infringe on any of Apple’s trade dress patents.

As expected, Samsung is thrilled with the decision, saying:

“We are pleased with the court’s action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple’s design patent and that an injunction was not called for.”

Apple’s $2.6 million bond could also potentially be issued to Samsung due to the wrongful accusation. While this decision is certainly good news, Apple should undoubtedly be held responsible for Samsung’s inability to sell its product. Besides, that’s what the bond was posted for in the first place. At this point, though, it’s not even that big of a deal, seeing as the company is already selling its third iteration of the device.

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Judge Lucy Koh To Be Reunited With Her Favorite Friends Again, Court Orders Her To Review Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Injunction

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It looks as if Judge Lucy Koh isn’t quite finished yet in regards to the Apple vs. Samsung saga. If you recall, we mentioned that Samsung confirmed its intentions to appeal notable items such as the injunctions of its tablets— and it now appears that it has gotten its wish thanks to the U.S. courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently granted Samsung’s request to have the injunction of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 remanded in order for the trial court to re-consider Samsung’s motion to terminate the injunction. So what does all this mean? Well— while nothing is for sure, but this decision will allow Samsung to have additional time and present an effective argument highlighting why the injunction should be lifted since the jury did not find any type of tablet design patent infringement.

In essence, the Appeals Court is forcing Judge Koh to sit down for yet another day and hear why Samsung is right and Apple is wrong. Of course there’s a slim (or major) chance that Judge Koh probably won’t lift the injunction, but hey— anything can happen in this wacky world.

source: FOSS Patents

Ice Cream Sandwich Coming to Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1

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It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is over for owners of Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 to get their taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. An over-the-air update is rolling out now that will bring Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich to Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The update brings long-awaited features such as Android 4.0 Zero Shutter Lag, Pinch to Zoom, face detection, and an improved picture gallery just to name a few. The only thing left for owners of Verizon’s Tab 10.1 to do is patiently wait for their upgrade prompt, or if you want to see if you can manually pull it, just go to Settings/About Tablet/System Update. Hit the break for the full list of updates that the upgrade will include.

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U.S owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi receiving Ice Cream Sandwich update now

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It has been a long wait, but it looks like Samsung finally came through with the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi-only version for U.S. owners. This is the same update that hit Europe a couple of weeks ago and it brings you to version IMM76D and it’s Android version 4.0.4.

Right now you can download it through the Samsung Kies sfotware, but it’s expected to be available as over-the-air update soon. If you don’t want to deal with Kies, just hit settings/about tablet/software update periodically on your tab to see if it’s ready for you to download.

source: phandroid

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Models In Italy Get Android 4.0 Update

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As you’re already aware, Samsung initiated the Android 4.0 rollout to many of its devices. As some of their smartphones and especially their tablets have seen a taste of ICS, others have yet to see the update— and that’s why Sammy announced the rollout of ICS to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (GT-P7500). While this is indeed exciting news, please keep in mind that the update is for P7500 users in Italy only at this time, but the hope is that the update will soon be rolled out to owners of the device in other markets.

If you live in Italy and own the tablet, you can use Samsung KIES or OTA for this update— but make sure the WIFI is on if you plan to update via OTA. Those of you GT-P7500 owners in other markets just sit tight, the update should be on its way sooner than later.

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Samsung Scores Another Hit Against Apple In Germany, Galaxy Nexus And Galaxy Tab 10.1N Still On Store Shelves

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Watching the epic legal battles between Apple and Samsung is like watching a boxing match, each side scoring hits of their own, round after round. This time it’s Samsung scoring a solid uppercut in the German courts, which upheld a previous February ruling that invalidated Apple’s patent relating to “list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display.

So what does that mean? It means that the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Tab 10.1N will continue being sold in Germany. The 10.1N is on a legal roll in Germany, where a couple days ago in Dusseldorf it won against Apple’s complaint about the look of the device, though the Galaxy Tab 7.7 was not so lucky. Samsung, of course, is very happy with these decisions, but the silence from the folks in Cupertino is deafening. Makes you wonder what Apple’s next attack plan is and whether they will score the next left hook.

source: macworld
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Samsung appeal for stay of injunction barring sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1 denied by court

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On Thursday, a U.S. appeals court turned down Samsung’s request to stay a preliminary injunction barring the sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 tabs. The preliminary injunction was granted by Judge Lucy H. Koh in patent litigation between Samsung and Apple over the design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The injunction was granted on June 26th and bars Samsung from importing or selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S. The injunction does not apply to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 II, the current model being sold by Samsung in US markets. » Read the rest

Apple Issues Warning Letters To Retailers Regarding Samsung Galaxy Nexus And Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales

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There’s yet another development of the epic saga between two of the biggest manufacturing giants in the world. In some newly released documents, FOSS Patents has uncovered what is a mind-boggling move by Apple in order to deter any continued activity from Samsung. As Apple continues to go on the offensive towards the Korean giant, it has also set its targets on retailers. Yes, you read that correctly— Apple is now applying the pressure on retailers regarding the various Samsung “infringements”. Many of you have a perplexed look on your face, so let me explain: as Apple continues to press for court-ordered injunctions of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales, Samsung believes Apple is acting in what looks to be an unlawful manner. Samsung notes in a recent filing that Apple was actually sending out letters to third parties— otherwise known as retailers— about the court-ordered injunctions. In short, Apple sent do-not-sell letters to the various carriers and retailers that carry Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1. The same letters sent by Apple include actual copies of the court-ordered injunction and a postscript suggesting that the same retailers or sellers are “acting in concert” with Samsung by selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus and effectively, must obey the court order.

Samsung wants the courts to see there is something significantly wrong with Apple’s latest tactics and goes so far as to call them “menacing”. More importantly– as long as there is no court ordered ban as of yet, Samsung believes the retailers should be able to sell the existing inventory of the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1 without any issue. While the various retailers are seemingly ignoring Apple’s warning, this is still a sad development in this ugly battle. Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse for both companies, it actually did.

You can see a sample transcript of Apple’s warning letters at the source links below.

source: FOSS Patents
via: The Verge

 

 

Immediate Stay of Galaxy Tab 10.1 Injunction Denied By Federal Circuit

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Last week, Samsung motioned to stay the preliminary injunction of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but Judge Lucy Koh denied the request. Samsung then appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in hopes of stay at the federal level. Samsung’s motion for an immediate stay of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction was denied by the Federal Circuit’s Motions Panel, with no reasons given, but since the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is nearing the end of its shelf-life, it’s presumed that the circuit judges feel the harm to Samsung is minimal.

The Federal Circuit has ordered Apple to respond to Samsung’s motion to stay no later than July 12 by noon (Eastern Time) for the Tab 10.1.

In contrast, Samsung did win a stay on the injunction against the Galaxy Nexus. At least there’s that.

source: foss patents