Charles Edison

"Economics, politics, and personalities are often inseparable." - Charles Edison

Monday, September 12, 2011

Apple vs. Samsung

Three days ago, Germany's Dusseldorf Court announced it's decision on whether the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 should be banned in Germany. The tablet was banned because Presiding Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann believed that "Apple’s minimalistic design isn’t the only technical solution to make a tablet computer, other designs are possible". The verdict surprised many, as what Apple wanted seemed quite severe. This verdict could possibly spread to other countries in the European Union, not just for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 but maybe all other tablets that use to the same basic design. This would give Apple a monopoly in one of the biggest tablet markets in the world.


Smith said...

Why would they base a lawsuit off this? What are they trying to achieve with this suit? How does/could this affect the demand for iPads in Germany?

Deven P. said...

iPads were already huge in Germany. During the iPad's initial release in 2010, orders were over 3 times higher than expected. However the iPad 2's demand was not as high but sales were still good. With it's biggest competitor banned in all of Germany and Apple's name appearing in the news much more frequently because of the lawsuit, I expect demand for the iPad 2 to spike for the next month or two. I don't think Apple even believed they could truly win such a ridiculous lawsuit. It seems more like a publicity with a huge upside.