According to Apple, Samsung and their Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet PC should have listened to the old radio serials and Lamar Cranston of The Shadow. Popular in the 1930s, Lamar Cranston was a wealthy man about town who kept his secret identity as The Shadow hidden from the criminals he foiled. With an ESP-like quality to read minds, the tagline opening every radio broadcast was, “What evil lurks in the minds of men? The Shadow knows!” Evidently the boys and girls at Apple believe they have Lamar Cranston’s mind reading ability when it comes to the design of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet PC.
After a successful victory earning an injunction on all sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet in Germany until September 9, at which time the judge will reveal her final ruling in the matter after both sides present their arguments, an Australian court recently received a similar lawsuit by Apple. In Australia, Samsung voluntarily withdrew their product while the judges hash out an outcome. In both cases, Apple claims that the insidious execs at Samsung created a product intentionally close to identical to that of their massive runaway Tablet hit, the iPad 2.

And certainly, if any company wanted to guarantee sales, copying what is the best Tablet by far would not be a bad idea, were it not for copyright infringement. And that is exactly what Apple is claiming. Do the two tablets appear similar? Yes, but so do several 10 inch tablets. And whether you side with one manufacturer or the other, the inevitable question remains. If Germany and Australia outlaw the sale of Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab tablets, can filing of an American lawsuit by Apple be very far behind.
While there is no current injunction on sales in the US, an Apple victory in that regards would be a win of mammoth proportions, and would no doubt be the first of a string of allegations by consumer-electronics firms everywhere. With the final German ruling less than a week away, the Australian judge ruling in that venue will certainly no doubt be taking notice of the German outcome. And that means that any future US judges would no doubt use those two courts as precedents for their decision. Return here regularly for daily updates as we receive them.


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