News by Dan Seifert on Sunday September 04, 2011.
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Remember the sleek and slim new Galaxy Tab 7.7 that Samsung introduced to big fanfare last week? Well, if you were a late visitor to the IFA trade show in Berlin where it was unveiled, you would have had no idea that it was announced or released, as Samsung pulled its display and any marketing materials for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 following an injunction granted to Apple by German courts.
Initial reports after Samsung pulled the tablet from the trade show said that Samsung did so voluntarily, but new information has come to light that it was an actual injunction filed by Apple that prompted the removal of the Galaxy Tab 7.7. The new tablet was announced on Thursday, September 1, and Apple was granted the injunction on Friday, September 2. By Saturday, all remnants of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 were removed from the trade show. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 was also removed from Samsung's German website. To be clear, the injunction granted to Apple prevents Samsung from promoting or selling the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in Germany.
It turns out that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 did not violate the existing German injunction against the older Galaxy Tab 10.1, but that an all-new injunction was granted specifically against the 7.7-inch version. Since the IFA trade show was held in Berlin, Germany, Samsung was pressured to obey the laws of the land, or else face contempt of court, which certainly would not help its chances in the September 9 court decision on the original injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The doesn't seem like a great start for what could be a very attractive tablet to many potential customers. Many question why Apple pursued an injunction against the device, since Apple does not currently, nor has it in the past, produced an iPad tablet in the 7-inch size range. As expected, Samsung has promised to continue its fight in court, and is looking for the court to overturn the injunction.
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.