Entries in tablet (6)


Apple v. Samsung: Samsung records a win in the UK

Following Samsung's successful attempt for temporary relief from an injunction against their Galaxy Nexus smart phone, and Samsung's unsuccessful attempt for temporary relief from an injunction against their Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, see Bloomberg, British High Court Judge Colin Birss has issued a judgment that at p. 39 states, with emphasis added:

The informed user’s overall impression of each of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets is the following.  From the front they belong to the family which includes the Apple design; but the Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back.  They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design.  They are not as cool.  The overall impression produced is different.


The Samsung tablets do not infringe Apple’s registered design No. 000181607-0001.


Apple v. Samsung: The District Court responds to the CAFC decision

Further to the CAFC decision discussed in our prior post, Judge Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has issued a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, based on the CAFC decision overruled the District Court's assessment of D'889.  A copy of the order granting the preliminary injunction has been posted by AllThingsD.

Foss Patents has reported that Samsung has appealed the order. 


Apple v. Samsung: Apple is denied Preliminary Injunction against the 10.1N in Germany 

Following our prior post regarding Apple's request for preliminary injunction, Reuters reported on December 22, 2011, that Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann stated that, "[a]ccording to the court's assessment, the defendant has moved away sufficiently from the legally protected design." A final verdict is expected in February.


Apple v. Samsung: Apple requests Preliminary Injunction against the 10.1N in Germany

Following our prior post regarding Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 10.1, Dow Jones Newswires now reports that Apple has requested a preliminary Injunction against Samsung's revised design. 

A hearing is reportedly scheduled for December 22, 2011.  FOSS Patents provides some Germany-specific insight on this development, and expects the hearing to not only relate to Apple's community design claims, but also Apple's unfair competition claims.


Apple v. Samsung: "Design Around" in Germany

On November 16, 2011, FOSS Patents reported on Samsung releasing an updated version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a revised visual design.  This updated version is expected to available for sale in Germany shortly.

The revised tablet is now called the Galaxy Tab 10.1N.  Does this N refer to Non-infringing?

MOBIFLIP.de posted the image below comparing of the 10.N (top) and the 10.1 (bottom).

Most notable in the above images, the bezel on the N is more pronouced.  The bezel on the N has relatively large left and right sides.  Further, as more clearly shown in the image below reproduced from Engadget, speaker ports are provided on the left and right sides of the bezel.

Will these changes be enough to overcome Apple's European Community Design No. 000181607-0001?

Representative images from the Community Design are provided below.  The Community Design relates to U.S. D504,899, and shows a bezel which appears to be narrow than that of the 10.1N, at least along the sides.  Additionally, there does not appear to be any speaker ports provided in the side bezel.