Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Disappears from IFA Event: Another point to Apple

By Gary Johnson - Sep 5, 2011

You will probably be aware by now about the ongoing legal spat between Apple and Samsung and the claims of Samsung copying Apple’s products. This has lead to injunctions by Apple in Europe concerning the Galaxy range of products. Now the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 disappears from the IFA event and another point to Apple in the dispute.

The BBC is reporting that Samsung Electronics were prevented in promoting its new device at the event in Berlin after sales of the product were blocked in the country. Last Friday a court in Dusseldorf granted an appeal from Apple banning Samsung from selling the new Galaxy Tab in the country.

Because of this ruling Samsung wanted to respect the decision, and said in a statement that the company would not display the Galaxy Tab 7.7 at the IFA event. This follows a temporary ban Apple won banning sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 back in August.

For months now the two companies have been embroiled in a patents battle with Apple claiming Samsung had infringed its patents with its range of Galaxy tablets and smartphones. Apple alleges Samsung has copied the look and feel of its iPhone and iPad range of devices.

This led Samsung to fire back and counter sue Apple saying it copied its wireless patents. The company has also had to delay launching its Galaxy Tab 10.1 device in Australia twice now. Samsung was originally going to showcase its new Galaxy Tab 7.7 device that is a replacement for its original tablet PC.

The IFA event is seen as one of the most important time’s manufacturers can show off its products to attract European customers, but now Samsung have missed out on the opportunity. The company has said it is looking at “all available measures, including legal options” to keep its big presence in the region.

Samsung have also said the court ruling severely restricts consumer choice in the area. Do you think that Samsung have a case to answer or is it Apple just getting worried about the competition?

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