Today Apple lost their case against Samsung to ban sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany. While a Dusseldorf appeals court upheld the ruling to ban sales of the original Samsung in Germany months ago, a Dusseldorf Regional Court ruled in that the 10.1N is not a “‘quasi-identical copy’ of the ” anymore.
When Apple won the injunction against the Tab 10.1, Samsung quickly produced the 10.1 N for the German market to get around the injunction. Apple went after the 10.1N as well, but didn’t have as much luck in the courts to get the new version banned.
In today’s ruling, Deputy Presiding Judge Ulrike Pastohr said the following:
“It’s odd to claim that buyers are fooled into thinking they buy an Apple product if they get the Samsung device…You don’t buy consumer electronics like you would buy butter in a supermarket, you’re much more attentive.”
Of course, this isn’t the end of Apple and Samsung’s legal tussles. This is just one of many battles. We expect more news stories of other lawsuits to come, unfortunately.