Samsung forced to withdraw Galaxy Tab from IFA

Dusseldorf court bans sales of tablet in Germany as Apple, Samsung war heats up

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Samsung forced to withdraw Galaxy Tab from IFA Samsung has been forced to withdraw its Galaxy Tab from the IFA electronics show in Belin after sales of the device were banned in Germany by a Dusseldorf court. (Getty Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  September 5, 2011

Samsung has withdrawn its Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the IFA electronics fair in Berlin Germany after sales of the product were banned in the country.

A court in Dusseldorf upheld Apple's request to ban sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab in Germany in the ongoing battle between the electronics giants.

The two rivals are currently locked in a global patent war over their smartphone and tablet products.

"Samsung respects the court's decision... and therefore decided not to display any more the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the IFA," the company said in a statement, according to AFP.

This new court injunction follows a temporary ban on sales in Germany of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, imposed by the same court in August.

Apple's court cases hinge on its claims that Samsung has copied the design and feel of its iPad and iPhone in the Galaxy line of smartphones and tablet computers.

Samsung has hit back and counter-sued Apple, saying it violated Samsung's wireless patents.

The two electronics companies have been fighting court battles in the US, Europe, South Korea and Australia since April this year.

Samsung has already been forced to delay the introduction of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 twice in Australia.

Samsung was hoping to display the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and other new devices, at IFA 2011, one of the most important showcases for companies looking to attract European customers, but with the injunction in place, Samsung will miss out.

Samsung has pledged to fight back against the court decision telling AFP that it will take all available means, including legal options to keep its presence in the European market.

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