A Düsseldorf court will rule on 9 September on whether Apple's attempts to enforce a total ban on the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 throughout Europe have been successful.
Apple won a preliminary injunction against Samsung in the German court banning the sale of the tablet throughout Europe, but this decision was overturned after the Düsseldorf regional court ruled that it did not have the authority to implement such a ban.
The ruling was upheld in Germany, however, and both parties must wait until 9 September before the court makes its final judgement. Industry watchers are expecting the ban to be upheld in Germany, but not extended again to the whole of Europe.
Patents expert Florian Mueller said that the court does not appear to be impressed with claims that Apple deliberately misled it by submitting photos depicting a version of the Galaxy Tab which looked more similar to the iPad.
"At some point [the judge] told both parties' lawyers to discuss that kind of matter outside, but the court doesn't seem interested in it," he said.
"The judge appears to be firmly on Apple's side and considers the Galaxy Tab 10.1 an iPad rip-off."
Mueller believes that it is not impossible for the court to overturn the decision on 9 September, but is not very likely.
This could force Samsung to reconsider the design of its tablet. Lawyers argued earlier this month that the company should think about changing its design now.
Interestingly, EU Digital Agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes tweeted on Thursday that she was "following the Dutch and German cases closely".
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