Apple wins as Samsung pulls Galaxy Tab 7.7 from IFA show

Samsung has withdrawn on Sunday its new tablet computer Galaxy Tab 7.7 inch from the annual IFA show following an order from a district court in Duesseldorf banning sales and marketing of the Galaxy in Europe. The order comes after a German court accepted a complaint from U.S. rival Apple. Samsung respects the court’s decision… and therefore decided not to display any more the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the IFA, the company said in a statement. Samsung is embroiled in a series of patent lawsuits with Apple over designs and technologies in their smartphone and tablet computers.

Friday’s move by the Duesseldorf court follows an interim ban in late August on German sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. That ban remains in force until the court makes its final ruling on Friday. Samsung however vowed to take all available measures, including legal options to defend its presence in the European market. Apple, in complaints filed to courts in several countries, requested a ban on the selling and marketing of Samsung smartphones and tablet PCs, which it said had slavishly copied Apple’s market-leading iPhone and iPad.