It’s not every day we see some good news come out of this whole mobile patent war, but today’s one of those days. As we all know, Apple has managed, through some shady tactics, to ban sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe. The company claims the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is an exact replica of the iPad and should, therefore, be considered copyright theft. But as we saw yesterday, Apple might have intentionally lied to the German court by showing a false depiction of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Fast-forward to today. The Dusseldorf District Court has lifted the ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for all of Europe except Germany. This temporary lift on the ban will last until August 25th, after which it could either come back or be lifted forever. Did the news about Apple’s deceiving actions affect the court’s opinion? Not likely, according to FOSS Patents. This is most likely just a case of the German court not having the jurisdiction to ban Samsung — a Korean company — from selling its products in all of Europe. The court does have jurisdiction inside Germany, however, which is why the ban won’t be lifted there.
After the August 25th court hearing, all of this could change. For better or for worse. At least Samsung will now have a chance to defend itself, which it couldn’t do before. Add this to the fact that Apple is obviously trying to trick the court into banning a product that looks nothing like an iPad, and Samsung could very well have a chance to peacefully sell its tablet in Europe once again.