Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jan 2012 19:09 UTC
Legal Summer last year, the Dutch courts ruled that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not infringe on Apple's community designs, and as such, would not be banned from The Netherlands. This was a "quick case", and as such, Apple had the right to appeal and turn this into a "full case". Apple did, but I now think they really wish they hadn't - the Court of Appeal in The Hague has pretty much ripped Apple a new one [Dutch], and upheld the District Court's ruling.
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Galaxy Tab is obsolete
by krreagan on Tue 24th Jan 2012 19:44 UTC
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2008-04-08

By now the Galaxy Tab is probably obsolete anyway when considering that the iPad 3 is almost out.

So Apple's strategy has worked. It has kept the GT out of many markets for a long time... And in doing so, sent a message to other tab makers that they should make sure their designs are not too close to Apples.

So in the long run, Apple wins anyways.

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RE: Galaxy Tab is obsolete
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 24th Jan 2012 19:47 in reply to "Galaxy Tab is obsolete"
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Australia for a few weeks, and in Germany for a few weeks.

Major win for Apple, totally worth all the bad publicity.

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RE[2]: Galaxy Tab is obsolete
by umccullough on Tue 24th Jan 2012 20:15 in reply to "RE: Galaxy Tab is obsolete"
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2006-01-26

Australia for a few weeks, and in Germany for a few weeks.

Major win for Apple, totally worth all the bad publicity.


Not to mention, the reversal of these decisions sets stronger precedent for the future, and has added some transparency to Apple's competitive practices - so Apple has burned a few cards to play with next time.

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RE[2]: Galaxy Tab is obsolete
by jared_wilkes on Wed 25th Jan 2012 02:37 in reply to "RE: Galaxy Tab is obsolete"
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"...totally worth all the bad publicity."

Can you point to any actual impact on Apple?

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RE[2]: Galaxy Tab is obsolete
by krreagan on Wed 25th Jan 2012 21:43 in reply to "RE: Galaxy Tab is obsolete"
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2008-04-08

Incredibly bad publicity! They can't pay people to take their iPads... Oh wait... Never mind.

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RE: Galaxy Tab is obsolete
by JAlexoid on Tue 24th Jan 2012 20:31 in reply to "Galaxy Tab is obsolete"
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2009-05-19

It has quite literally nothing to do with how superior or inferior GTab 10 is. This is a good outcome for everyone, in some sense even for Apple. Because it shows that simplicity can hardly be argued to be as originality.

There is always EU Court of Justice, that oversees these matters. But EU Court of Justice is a much harder institution to crack...

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RE: Galaxy Tab is obsolete
by BallmerKnowsBest on Tue 24th Jan 2012 21:18 in reply to "Galaxy Tab is obsolete"
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2008-06-02

By now the Galaxy Tab is probably obsolete anyway when considering that the iPad 3 is almost out.

So Apple's strategy has worked. It has kept the GT out of many markets for a long time... And in doing so, sent a message to other tab makers that they should make sure their designs are not too close to Apples.

So in the long run, Apple wins anyways.


So I guess Apple's apologists have dropped the "Apple isn't anti-competitive" claim & have switched to bragging about the effectiveness of Apple's anti-competitive tactics (also known as a "Pyrrhic victory").

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RE[2]: Galaxy Tab is obsolete
by WorknMan on Tue 24th Jan 2012 23:49 in reply to "RE: Galaxy Tab is obsolete"
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So I guess Apple's apologists have dropped the "Apple isn't anti-competitive" claim & have switched to bragging about the effectiveness of Apple's anti-competitive tactics (also known as a "Pyrrhic victory").


I don't think that was the intent of his post. The point is that with quad core Android tablets like the Asus Transformer Prime either on shelves now or coming out soon, there really isn't a reason to consider a Tab 10.1 anymore, unless you're a fan of the Touchwiz bloatware. I think even Samsung has a successor to that product coming out in the near future.

The only advantage that the Tab had over other Android tablets was its thinness, but that is an advantage it no longer has. So while the Tab no longer being banned might be a moral victory in the 'patents are broken' crusade, it has very little relevance anymore in the tablet landscape, unless you can find one on clearance. Even still, I'd recommend going with the original Asus Transformer. It might be heavier, but it runs smoother and is much faster with updates. Plus, it has that keyboard attachment ;)

Edited 2012-01-24 23:51 UTC

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RE[2]: Galaxy Tab is obsolete
by krreagan on Wed 25th Jan 2012 21:39 in reply to "RE: Galaxy Tab is obsolete"
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2008-04-08

Since when is protecting your IP anti-competitive behavior?

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