Apple denied German injunction of Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Tab 10.1NComing on the heels of an Apple-won EU-wide sales ban of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7, a German court on Thursday ruled that the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1N do not infringe on the Cupertino-based company's patents and are therefore not subject to a sales ban.
The Higher Court of Munich's ruling is actually an appeal of a previous lower court decision from February, reports IDG News Serivce (via PCWorld), and is confirmation that the two Samsung products do not infringe on Apple's European patent related to scrolling on an electronic device.
Following the ruling, Samsung issued a statement saying the decision "confirms our position that the Galaxy Nexus, the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1N WiFi do not infringe Apple's intellectual property."
Apple has yet to release an official statement regarding the case.
Thursday's ruling comes two days after Apple won an EU-wide sales ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7, a smaller 7-inch model in the company's tablet line. The injunction, ordered by the Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court on Tuesday, also noted that the Galaxy Tab 10.1N did not infringe on Apple's patents and denied a German sales ban.
"Apple has been trying to limit consumer choice and discourage innovation through their excessive and flawed legal arguments. Despite Apple's legal attacks against our user interface, we will continue to further develop and introduce products that enhance the lives of German consumers," Samsung said.
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