Court order puts on hold Tablet showcase by Samsung
Apple had lodged a case against Samsung to ban its Tablet and on 2 September, Dusseldorf court banned its marketing and sale in Germany. However, no immediate comments on court’s order were giving by Samsung and Apple.
Apple’s spokesperson Steve Park, couldn’t confirm court’s ruling. Whereas Samsung’s spokesperson, James Chung in a telephonic interview said that he cannot confirm whether Samsung has received such an orders or not, but they respect court’s judgment and are looking on the available options. James Chung added that taking a legal action “to defend its intellectual property rights” is also one option.
The dispute and its impact
Samsung and Apple are involved in a battle for the past few months, Apple claims that Samsung has copied its iPad and iPhone designs whereas Samsung refuted these allegations.
This patent battle has stretched to three Continents and still not resolved. Because of this issue earlier the Dusseldorf Regional Court temporarily banned the sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 model in 26 European countries.
After the ruling Samsung’s shares fell by 0.3% to 769,000 in Seoul trading and now Samsung’s total drop is now extended to 19 percent this year. This is not all, according to an estimate by Strategy Analytics, this ruling can cost “Samsung’s sale of as many as half a million units this year.”
Samsung and Apple
Samsung which had 16 percent share in the tablet market in the first quarter was charged by another Tablet maker Apple in the US court for copying its product “slavishly”. Samsung hit back and countersued Apple in Seoul, Tokyo, Germany and California.
After filling number of lawsuits, a court ruling in Netherlands ordered Samsung to postpone its Smartphone sale after 13, October. After the order Samsung agreed to push back the sale of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia till the end of September.