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Appeared on: Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 banned In The EU

While Samsung's redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N can go on sale, its smaller Galaxy Tab 7.7 will see a sales ban in Germany extend to the entire EU, after a a German court ruled that an existing ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 that prevented the device from being sold in the country should be extended across the entire EU.

The ruling by the Duesseldorf Higher Court reiterated a decision by the District Court in February. The court decision comes as executives of both companies have disagreed about the value of each other's patents at a settlement conference ahead of a high profile U.S. trial.

Samsung said it was "disappointed" with the court's ruling, and reiterated its position on protecting against its intellectual property rights, with methods "including legal action."

Regarding the more popular Galaxy Tab 10.1N -- a revised version of its predecessor-- the Dusseldorf court said that the design changes were significant enough to differentiate the new tablet from the older version, and the original injunction that prevented the sale of the device in Germany should no longer apply.

This comes a week following a U.K. victory for Samsung following a ruling that the Galaxy tablets weren't "cool" enough to have infringed the iPad's design. Apple was told to place an advertisement for Samsung on its U.K. website and in British newspapers informing the public that the company did not copy Apple's products.


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