When we last visited the sad saga of Samsung’s legal battles, Apple had won a preliminary injunction in the German courts, putting sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 on hold in Europe. It seemed that, after being presented evidence that Samsung was essentially copy-catting Apple in the design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, courts ruled that Samsung had to stop selling the tablet for now. Simple, right? Well it’s not that cut-and-dry.
For starters, Samsung had no idea this was going on. This is standard in the German court system, but shady nonetheless… for more than one reason. You see, if Apple had presented a judge with a Galaxy Tab and an iPad, things may have been different. Instead, Apple submitted false information (in picture form) that showed the Galaxy Tab looking more like the iPad than it really does.
In real life, the iPad 2 is 9.5in x 7.31in x .34in. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 10.1in x 6.9in x 0.34in. While that may not seem like much, when the two are placed side-by-side they look a lot different. Especially when both are at their respected home screens. In the picture submitted to the courts, the Galaxy Tab was cropped and stretched to be eight percent wider than it really is. If Apple’s claim hadn’t been that the Tab’s “overall appearance” is “practically identical” to the iPad 2, it wouldn’t have been such a big deal. But the facts don’t lie. In a court case about what consumers think when they see both products, Apple submitted a fake picture of the competitor’s product.
There’s no telling what this will do for the case against Samsung. You’d imagine it would damage Apple’s stance pretty heavily. But who knows what other shady tactics the company has in store? We’ll be sure to keep you posted on this one.