Court Lifts Ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab Sales in Europe Due to Falsified Evidence in Apple’s Case

By , Aug 16, 2011

Apple recently won a preliminary injunction case in Europe banning the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. Based on a case of infringed intellectual property, Apple was able to convince the court that Samsung’s tablet copied the design of the iPad too closely, and Apple requested a block of all sales in the European Union until the case could be further investigated.

It looks like Apple doesn’t mind playing a little dirty. A report has surfaced that Apple could have allegedly tampered with and falsified evidence against the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the ban on the tablet’s sales has been lifted in Europe while the court investigates.

The Dutch IDG publication Webwereld.nl revealed that the comparison images between the Galaxy Tab and iPad 2 were manipulated. Specifically, the image of the Galaxy Tab was cropped and the image ratio had been changed. By tweaking the aspect ratio of both the Galaxy Tab and iPad 2 in evidence claims, Apple was able to make the case that Samsung’s tablet was almost identical to the iPad 2 in size and dimension.

Due to the way that Apple’s preliminary injunction filing process went, Samsung was not able to refute the images before the court made the decision to temporarily ban sales of the tablet in Europe.

It’s important to note that Apple did submit more evidence than these promotional images of the two tablets for court review, but it’s still curious that falsified evidence was submitted at all.

CNET is now reporting that the ban on Samsung’s tablet in Europe has been lifted, with the exception of Germany.

“The lifting of the temporary injunction is in effect at least until Apple and Samsung meet again in court on August 25 to present arguments over the future of Tab sales in Europe.”

Whether or not Apple intentionally falsified evidence in this case is unclear at this time. If Apple’s legal team did have a hand in this shady activity, we can all assume that these ‘copy cat’ lawsuits are becoming more heated than anyone could have predicted.

[TechCrunch]

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  • http://aldowynsmusings.tk AbuJaffer

    Dirty, dirty Apple… I can’t believe how they went from “Deserves-More-Underdog” in the nighties to “Tyrannical Overlord That Does Anything To Beat Out Competitors” now-a-days…. their crowd in the 90’s has MOSTLY shifted to Linux now-a-days.

  • Lloyd

    The title of this article is misleading and wrong. German court cannot rule on sale of Samsung tablet for all of EU, hence the ban is lifted on all countries EXCEPT Germany, since the German court can enforce the laws of it’s own country. It has nothing to do with one misleading picture of what could possibly be a prototype image that is, in fact, the correct proportions.

    • Jon Garrett

      denial, denial.

      Why use an image of a prototype when the prototype is NOT whats on sale? Apple got caught lying to the courts and the court was forced to correct its actions against Samsung.

      Expect Apple to have to pay damages to Samsung and possibly cover Sammy’s legal fees.

      Armed with 17,000 Motorola Patents with 7,500 more pending; we should see the Empire (Google Android) strike back pretty soon.

    • Jon Garrett

      denial, denial. why use an image of a prototype when a prototype is NOT whats being sold?

      Hopefully, Samsung sues for and is rewarded damages and legal fees.

      Apple got caught, get over it.

      17,000 Motorola patents and 7,500 more pending should put an end to Apple’s nonsense.

  • Craig

    Whatever the case Apple are a disgusting company, I love my iPhone but never before have I heard of all the dirty, underhand tacticas and suing by a company as is the case with Apple, it all boils down to pure greed and the fact they want no competition which would mean they can charge what they want, competition is good and long may it continue, i’ve been thinking for a while now that if there was an Android handset that was as well made as an iPhone I would switch without thinking twice, the whole ethos of the company combined with the desire to stop it’s customers doing anything with their devices that Apple don’t say you can makes me despise them tbh.

    Only a fanboy would disagree with what I said and i’m sure there’s plenty of them out there.

    • OCD Steve Jobs

      go to webOS. its better than iOS. hopefully soon they will release a phone without a physical keyboard. ill buy it right away. can’t wait to get the hp touchpad! awesome!

      • Vitica7

        I love my iPhone n iPad
        But…yea I disagree with Apple’s way of handling competition
        +1

    • Jon Garrett

      +1

      I love my iPhone too but I love my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 just as much.

    • Mark

      I’m with you

  • soccerkrzy

    The bigger they are, the harder they’ll fall. I’m about ready for Apple to resume to their 90’s self. Steve Jobs’ hubris is getting too much.

  • http://ObamaPacman.com/ ObamaPacman

    WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG
    Sorry, Fandroids, it’s a jurisdiction issue, not a validity issue. Why else would the ban in Germany not lifted?

    http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2011/08/galaxy-tab-101-injunction-suspended-for.html

    • ??????????

      Because germans are NAZI scum.

      • Hitler

        lutsch mein Schwanz du hundesohn.. Geh zurueck mit deine Mutter ficken arschoch

    • Jon Garrett

      If it was a validity issue why else would apple forge the evidence? falsifying documents and lying to a judge is a serious offense.

      If apple’s claims against Samsung are legit, why would the feel the need to boost their case by doctoring photos?

      take a look a this picture: [IMG]http://i567.photobucket.com/albums/ss117/Jon-Garrett/pfip.png[/IMG]