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For people in Germany who wants to try the Galaxy 10.1tablet will be so pissed when this is approve, because personally I will be frustrated and pissed if I knew that Samsung Galaxy Tab will be banned here in the Philippines.

” BERLIN — A judge in Düsseldorf said Thursday that Apple’s intellectual property rights are probably strong enough to ban sales of Samsung Electronics’ rival Galaxy 10.1 tablet computers in Germany.

The court is unlikely, however, to expand the ban beyond Germany to other European Union countries as Apple had sought, the presiding judge, Johanna Brückner-Hofmann, said in a preliminary assessment. A ruling is scheduled for Sept. 9.

“There are a lot of alternative ways to design a tablet device, as the market amply shows,” the judge said at a hearing. “We think Apple’s E.U. design rights grant a medium range of protection, if not a broad one.”

The legal battle between Apple, based in Cupertino, California, and rival device makers is intensifying as an increasing number of consumers use smartphones to surf the Web, play games and download music. Apple, the world’s top smartphone seller, has filed patent cases against rivals using Google’s Android operating system, including Samsung, Motorola Mobility Holdings and HTC.” The New York Times | Samsung to be Banned From Selling iPad Rival in Germany

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