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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RE: Comment by sonic2000gr
by cyrilleberger on Wed 10th Aug 2011 08:52 UTC in reply to "Comment by sonic2000gr"
cyrilleberger
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2006-02-01

Since we have a common market, it is kind of logical that justice decision related to trade and IP are taken only once, instead of every EU countries. Otherwise, where is the limit ? With such a reasoning, why would a court order from Düsseldorf applies to Berlin ?

What is alarming though is that Samsung discovered the news after the decision was taken, and got no chance to plead their case. I can hardly call that "justice".

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RE[2]: Comment by sonic2000gr
by phoudoin on Wed 10th Aug 2011 10:56 in reply to "RE: Comment by sonic2000gr"
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2006-06-09

Because it's not justice.

It's a legal trick, whose purpose is to delay a concurrent product until an actual legal decision is taken.

I won't be surprised if this injonction shall be found later invalid for procedure violation (no both sides notice?! Hello!?!), but that not the objective.

The objective is winning time, hopefully enough to block an iPad 2 concurrent from as much larger as possible market access until the iPad 3 is announced and shipped.

Guess when is the next Apple product launch window?

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