Apple’s Bid for Galaxy Tab Ban Samsunged in the Netherlands
Apple has been dealt another setback in its ongoing patent battle with Samsung.
This morning, a Dutch court dismissed Apple’s appeal of an earlier ruling which denied it an injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple claims Samsung has copied the look and feel of the iPad, and that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes its patented designs.
Issued by a higher court in The Hague, the ruling allows Samsung to continue selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the Netherlands. More importantly, it allows the company to continue distributing them to other European Union markets via the port of Rotterdam, through which it moves a lot of its EU merchandise.
Samsung was overjoyed by the decision.
“Samsung welcomes today’s ruling by the court in the Hague, which affirms the August 2011 ruling that the design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is distinctive and does not infringe Apple’s intellectual property rights,” the company said in a statement. “This ruling again demonstrates that Apple’s products simply do not warrant the intellectual property protections that it believes.”