This past Friday, Samsung suddenly pulled all of its marketing materials pertaining to its upcoming Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the IFA trade show in Berlin. Simultaneously, all demo units of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 were suddenly removed as well.
As a result, it was believed that the current injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany was construed to apply to the Tab 7.7 or that Apple, perhaps, had requested and received another permanent injunction applicable to Samsung’s smaller tablet.
Now we have word from Yonhap News that it’s the latter.
Samsung Electronics Co. said Sunday that it is not showcasing its latest Galaxy Tab tablet computer any more at the ongoing annual trade show in Germany in a bid to respect a German court’s approval of an injunction sought by Apple Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s second-biggest handset maker, unveiled the Galaxy Tab 7.7 for the first time at the annual trade fair, known as the IFA, which kicked off on Friday for a six-day run in Berlin.
But Samsung pulled the tablet computer out of the show after a Dusseldorf court accepted on Friday Apple’s request to ban sales and marketing of the product in Germany, the company said.
While removing a product from a trade show isn’t the end of the world, Samsung has to be feeling some of the heat from Apple’s mounting legal pressure. Not only is Samsung not allowed to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia for a few more weeks on account of Apple, but a Dutch Court two weeks ago issued a ruling preventing Samsung from selling its lineup of Galaxy S, S II, and Ace smartphones in the EU on account of infringing software in the Android 2.3 operating system relating to how a user implements multi-touch gestures to scroll through a photo gallery.