Things have swung Samsung's way again in its ongoing court battle with Apple. A German court has ruled Samsung's redesigned Galaxy Tab doesn't infringe any of Apple's patents, meaning the tablet is cleared for sale, Reuters reports.
The ruling affirms a preliminary assessment, and states there are "clear differences" between the redesigned tablet (known as the Galaxy Tab 10.1N) and the iPad 2.
Apple accused Samsung of "" its iPhone and iPad, and sued the Korean company in countries all over the world, succeeding in imposing . (Though that was , then subsequently . Come on, keep up.) The Tab was also banned in .
Samsung redesigned the Galaxy Tab in, giving it a new metal band around the edge that bleeds into the front of the device. And it seems that's done the trick, with Apple's patent claims rejected in a . And now this.
Samsung -- which supplies parts for the iPad -- has counter-sued, claiming infringements of its patents for mobile tech, making the whole farrago all the more strange. A court in Mannheim has ruled against Samsung in two of the patent cases, and will decide on the third on 2 March.
Motorola also threw its hat into the ring, succeeding in having several models of iPhone and iPadbecause of -- you guessed it -- a patent injunction. This one related to Moto's wireless intellectual properties. Just a few hours later Apple managed to overturn the ban though. It's a full-time job keeping track of these legal wrangles.
Steve Jobs saw Android as a stolen product, and declared "" on Google. The search behemoth is in the process of , so don't expect these legal tussles to go away anytime soon.
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