Samsung Galaxy Tab banned in Germany
Dusseldorf court rules Galaxy Tab design is too similar to iPad 2
Samsung has been banned from selling its new Galaxy Tab tablet computer in Germany. A court in Dusseldorf says that the Samsung tablet device too closely resembles Apple's iPad 2, according to the Press Association.
The court ban applies only to direct sales from the South Korea-based company, allowing distributors who have acquired the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from abroad can resell them in Germany.
The court battle between Samsung and Apple had hinged on Apple's argument that the Galaxy Tab looks too much like the iPad.
Samsung has said that it will fight the court ban as it severely restricts consumer choice in Germany.
The German court ruled in favour of Apple in August, forcing Samsung to withdraw its tablet computer from the European market, but later rules that the ban only applies in Germany.
"We also believe that by imposing an injunction based on this very generic design right, this ruling restricts design innovation and progress in the industry," Samsung said in a statement.
Apple and Samsung are currently embroiled in a series of disputes around the globe, where both companies are accusing each other of copyright breaches.