Jan 24 AT 8:49 AM Anthony Domanico 17 Comments

Dutch court blocks Apple’s attempt to ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1

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We reported yesterday that Apple is spending a ton of money to protect their slew of patents against potential violators, and have very little to show for their efforts. Today, the Dutch Government is rubbing a little salt in Apple’s wounds by rejecting Apple’s appeal to block sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the Netherlands, upholding a judgement made in a lower court back in October.

The court in the Hague which issued today’s ruling stated that the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 were different enough to allow them to go on sale side by side. Sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be allowed to continue in the Netherlands, and Apple moves on to the next patent battle with their tail between their legs.

As a reminder, there are still a plethora of Apple vs. the world suits out there, and time will tell whether Apple will see its legal endeavors come to fruition. In the meantime, they sure are costing themselves and their rivals a lot of money on legal fees and legal department time with little to show for it.

Via: Engadget

Source: Nu.nl

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  • spazby

    Fu apple. But still curious what ipad 3 will look like…

    • YMS123

      Asus put out this tablet called the Transformer Prime, you should check it out, then you may no longer care what an iPad 3 looks like

      • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

        but…but…the iPad 3 will let me write books in apple’s proprietary filetype and sell them exclusively on the apple store.

        • pjax

          this is a very good point

          the iBooks feature is going to attract users by the droves (schoolwide adoptation anyone?)

          I hate Apple for selfishly using proprietary standards (iMessage, Facetime, now this). But since they are the industry leader, they are able to do so

          Android tablets, please catch up

          • Boris_Johnson

            The only people losing out are the students, where the schools will have to make a choice whether to buy the overpriced (cr)apple products or run additional after school activities/trips

            (cr)apple should never have been allowed to create a position where educational material comes with a proprietary format

      • spazby

        I will always care when apple puts out new products… good to know what they offer and will wait on google making it better

    • Jeff Pan

      copy of Galaxy Tab?

  • Darkseider

    LOL. Apple is slowly becoming irrelevant. Just like they did with the whole Mac and PC thing in the early 90′s. History repeats itself and this time it’s in the mobile/tablet space for Apple. When will they learn that product(s) cannot compete with platform?

  • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

    Ah a little bit of Dutch courage.
    Sorry, it had to be said. I’m so sorry

  • Osby Nowlin

    I think this is hilarious. Maybe if Apple put all this money towards R & D instead of frivolous lawsuits, they wouldn’t need to sue. Regardless, they won’t be able to stop the progress of Android.

  • David

    Proud to be Dutch! :)
    Don’t like Apple. Products are great (although I don’t use them) but the company sucks big ass monkeyballs. Arrogant and greedy.

    I’ll be getting the new Transformer Prime in the summer.

  • WlfHart

    Another victory for Android! /cheers

  • thekaz

    Patent trolls…

  • oddball

    Unfortunately all Apple cares about is adding an Android tax to our phone and tablet purchases. As long as they keep the prices high enough that their alternative devices are not too much more expensive people will buy them. The patent war favors those with deep pockets and that is why Apple will not sue Google. It’s one of the few companies that can stand toe to toe with Apple in a let’s waste our money pissing match. I can only hope that with the end of the Jobs era Apple moves forwards towards coming to terms with the fact that they aren’t the only device in the smartphone market

    • delinear

      Early days but if anything, I can imagine them getting more rather than less litigous. Without Jobs their IP will be more precious, they will fight tooth and nail to hold onto what he built up.

  • vid500

    Finaly a court with balls and that knows that people are not stupid and thay know what to pick. I mean when you see na ipad and a galaxy tab, you know what is what. for me it’s the same thing as if a car company would like to ban a nother car, becouse it has 4 weals, lights on the front,… Nonsence!

  • Hall Lo

    Nice! I, or any people around me, has never mistaken a Galaxy Tab with an iPad, I mean, they both have good designs but they are different. It’s not like having a screen in front and black in color means their the same.

  1. Fu apple. But still curious what ipad 3 will look like…

    • Asus put out this tablet called the Transformer Prime, you should check it out, then you may no longer care what an iPad 3 looks like

      • but…but…the iPad 3 will let me write books in apple’s proprietary filetype and sell them exclusively on the apple store.

        • this is a very good point

          the iBooks feature is going to attract users by the droves (schoolwide adoptation anyone?)

          I hate Apple for selfishly using proprietary standards (iMessage, Facetime, now this). But since they are the industry leader, they are able to do so

          Android tablets, please catch up

          • Boris_JohnsonGuest 3 years ago

            The only people losing out are the students, where the schools will have to make a choice whether to buy the overpriced (cr)apple products or run additional after school activities/trips

            (cr)apple should never have been allowed to create a position where educational material comes with a proprietary format

      • I will always care when apple puts out new products… good to know what they offer and will wait on google making it better

    • copy of Galaxy Tab?

  2. DarkseiderGuest 3 years ago

    LOL. Apple is slowly becoming irrelevant. Just like they did with the whole Mac and PC thing in the early 90′s. History repeats itself and this time it’s in the mobile/tablet space for Apple. When will they learn that product(s) cannot compete with platform?

  3. Ah a little bit of Dutch courage.
    Sorry, it had to be said. I’m so sorry

  4. I think this is hilarious. Maybe if Apple put all this money towards R & D instead of frivolous lawsuits, they wouldn’t need to sue. Regardless, they won’t be able to stop the progress of Android.

  5. DavidGuest 3 years ago

    Proud to be Dutch! :)
    Don’t like Apple. Products are great (although I don’t use them) but the company sucks big ass monkeyballs. Arrogant and greedy.

    I’ll be getting the new Transformer Prime in the summer.

  6. Another victory for Android! /cheers

  7. Unfortunately all Apple cares about is adding an Android tax to our phone and tablet purchases. As long as they keep the prices high enough that their alternative devices are not too much more expensive people will buy them. The patent war favors those with deep pockets and that is why Apple will not sue Google. It’s one of the few companies that can stand toe to toe with Apple in a let’s waste our money pissing match. I can only hope that with the end of the Jobs era Apple moves forwards towards coming to terms with the fact that they aren’t the only device in the smartphone market

    • Early days but if anything, I can imagine them getting more rather than less litigous. Without Jobs their IP will be more precious, they will fight tooth and nail to hold onto what he built up.

  8. Finaly a court with balls and that knows that people are not stupid and thay know what to pick. I mean when you see na ipad and a galaxy tab, you know what is what. for me it’s the same thing as if a car company would like to ban a nother car, becouse it has 4 weals, lights on the front,… Nonsence!

  9. Nice! I, or any people around me, has never mistaken a Galaxy Tab with an iPad, I mean, they both have good designs but they are different. It’s not like having a screen in front and black in color means their the same.