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Samsung bite back after Galaxy ban is lifted

The gruelling battle between the two tech giants Apple and Samsung shows no sign of halting as a ban, which was only imposed a few days ago, to prevent the sale of the Galaxy Tablet 10.1 in Europe has now been lifted.

Its crunch time for Apple as their evidence was considered to be questionable by the German court that imposed the ban on Samsung.

The injunction was attached to Samsung’s Galaxy Tablet 10.1 after Apple claimed the device was an imitation of their popular iPad.

Apple’s feud with Samsung began in April when they accused the company of ‘blatant copying.’

The German court saw an image, taken from a 28 page file provided by Apple, that features a ‘squashed’ picture of the Galaxy Tab showing it to look identical in size and shape to the iPad.

However, it has now emerged that the evidence given was highly questionable and the ban has therefore been amended.

The court in Dusseldorf still applied the ban, which prevents the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be sold across Europe.

Samsung reacted with fury and within hours were accusing Apple of misrepresenting the Galaxy Tab’s similar features to the iPad.

An official statement from the company said “We are disappointed with the court’s decision and we intend to act immediately to defend our intellectual property rights”.

They have since been cheered by the news that a new hearing in the case is due in the near future.

A statement issued by the company said,

“We look forward to the opportunity to reassert our intellectual property rights at the hearing scheduled on August 25.”

The Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 was on sale for just under a week in the UK before it had to be pulled off the shelves due to Apple’s successful ban against their rivals.

‘The battle of the tablet’ began outside the courtrooms, as Apple believed that the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets are too similar to their own range of iPhones and iPads, including the packaging and accessories.

A preliminary injunction was granted by an EU court in Dusseldorf regarding the disputed product, preventing Samsung from selling the new android powered device in every European Union member nation. However, this has now been lifted and the injunction only applies in Germany.

Apple currently dominates about 90% of the tablet market.