Surprisingly, a court in the town of Dusseldorf, Germany has ruled that even though the Samsung 10.1 tablet does NOT infringe on any Apple design patents, the 7.7 model does, resulting in a Europe-wide ban of the smaller device.
The ahock decision comes as a big blow to the manufacturer, but not for Android, which is currently riding the wave of success with the Nexus 7 tablet.
In reply, Samsung has issued a rather civil statement saying:
Back in the US, Apple is moving head strong with its damages case against Samsung and court documents reveal that Apple is seeking in excess of $2.5 billion dollars.
This figure is based on $24 for each Samsung device found to infringe design patents, $2.02 for each device that use the “overscroll bounce” and $3.10 for each device that uses a “scrolling API”.
It’s not clear whether Apple will get their way, but you can be sure that this is far from over and with the advent of the iPad Mini, things are bound to get even uglier.
Seems it’s a great time to be a patent lawyer.