Apple accused of presenting false evidence against Samsung
The German court, which had placed a temporary ban over sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 after a hearing of a patent lawsuit filed by Apple, has reportedly lifted the ban as it reconsiders the earlier ruling.
However, the ban is still in place in Germany.
The Dusseldorf court, where the injunction was lodged, has lifted the ban, allowing Samsung to sell its tablet device in other parts of Europe
The next hearing on the lawsuit is slated to held later this month.
Meanwhile, Apple has been accused of presenting false evidence against Samsung to the court. The BBC said that Apple appears to misrepresent the similarity of Samsung’s Tab 10.1 to the iPad.
Last week, the Regional Court of Dusseldorf granted the temporaray pan-European injunction to Apple, backing Apple’s claim that Samsung had infringed on its patented technology.
Apple has sued Samsung in many places including the US and Australia, accusing the South Korean electronics company of copying its iPad design and functions.
In April this year, Apple sued Samsung Electronics, alleging that the South Korean company’s Galaxy line of smartphones and tablet computers infringe patents and copy the trademarked design of its iPhone and iPad.
In a complaint filed in federal court in Oakland, California, Apple had said Samsung products infringe seven patents in user interface, including selecting, scrolling, pinching and zooming, and three patents on the design, including the flat black face of the iPhone and iPad.
Apple had said the blatant copying of its products is a deliberate attempt to benefit from its research.
Apple had said in its lawsuit, "Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung has chosen to slavishly copy Apple’s innovative technology, distinctive user interfaces, and elegant and distinctive product and packaging design, in violation of Apple’s valuable intellectual property rights."
Samsung refuted the claims and responded within countersuits.
Samsung accused that Apple’s iPhone and iPad infringed 10 mobile technology patents.
Samsung filed the patent lawsuits in South Korea, Japan and Germany which included power reduction during data transmission, 3G technology for reducing errors during data transmission, and wireless data communication technology.
Though Apple is still a leader in the tablet market which it created, Samsung has risen sharply with new tablets powered by Google’s Android OS. Samsung is also a supplier of chips and LCD displays for phones and mobile devices, with Apple being one of its clients.
Dutch IT news site Webwereld first reported that the court has overturned the sales ban.