Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Aug 2011 17:32 UTC
Legal Okay, I didn't see this one coming. German press agency dpa is reporting that Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction barring Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 from being distributed in the entire European Union except for The Netherlands, over a design patent. Competition at its finest, people, and this is clearly in the interest of consumers. I'm ashamed to be European. Updates in the article now. This iterative update process isn't really working when you've got a gazillion of them.
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by d.marcu on Tue 9th Aug 2011 19:17 UTC
d.marcu
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"This injunction is based on a Community Design, which is a sort of EU-wide trademark. The Community Design is literally just that - a few drawings of a generic device." so this means that a manufacturer of wheels can ban in Europe the selling of other brands of wheels? tablets look like a tablet, a mobile phone looks like a mobile phone, a watch looks like a watch, etc. So in order to sell wheels you have to invent a wheel that doesn't look like a wheel but it must work as a wheel.Community Design or patented ideas, same crap

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