A German court has favored Apple and banned the Samsung Galaxy Tab to be sold in the EU, except for the Netherlands. As SJVN points out this injunction is not even about any of the crazy patents at stake, its about the far-fetched design similarities of the two tablets.
SJVN further writes, "This decision has nothing to do with patents or copyrights. It has nothing to do with the lawsuits swirling around Android. This particular case was just about the design, the look of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and that’s it."
Really? The 4:3 design is similar to a 16:9 design? A dark shaded black is similar to a metallic aluminum finish? How can be a plastic back similar to a metal black? How can be the Tab similar to the iPad when its connector port is at the sides while iPad's is at the bottom? What is implied here? It reminds me of this MuckWatch story. Is this the direction Apple is heading?
Every car in the Germany -- Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes should be banned too, they all look like each other!
SJVN writes, "Never-the-less, it was granted and the brain-dead Regional Court of Düsseldorf has granted Apple a preliminary injunction against Samsung. As a result, if someone tries to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the EU, Samsung will be hit with a 250,000 Euro fine and up to two years of prison time."
He also presented with the PDF copy of the EC design, you can have a look and decide for yourself if there is any remotest possibility of design similarity.
This is one of the most shameful days for the IT world where a company succeeded in blocking a competitor based.
Now, how much design similarity do you see here?
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