Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 banned days after unveiling

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 ban enforced following IFA 2011 unveiling

Officially unveiled at IFA 2011 on Thursday the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has already been hit by an Apple-filed lawsuit with the Android tablet being banned in Germany and removed from the Berlin-based tech show.

The latest twist in the ongoing legal saga between Apple and Samsung has seen a district court in Dusseldorf rule Samsung is unable to sell its newly unveiled tablet in Germany due to infringements on Apple patents and design properties.

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“Samsung respects the court's decision (The District Court in Dusseldorf) made on September 2 and therefore decided not to display the GALAXY Tab 7.7anymore in IFA,” said a spokesperson for Samsung speaking with T3. They added: “We believe it severely limits consumer choice in Germany.”

In recent weeks Samsung has been ruled unable to sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to European markets before the decision was overturned.

The repeated legal filings have centred around the Korean company’s range of Galaxy tablets and smartphones with Apple claiming the successful devices have simply copied its range of iPad and iPhone offerings.

“Samsung will pursue all available measures, including legal options, to defend its intellectual property rights and ensure its innovative products remain available to German consumers,” the company spokesperson said.

Which tablet would you rather find under your Christmas tree this year, the Apple iPad 2 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7? Let us know via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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