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IFA 2011: Samsung hit by Galaxy Tab 7.7 ban in Germany

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Samsung only unveiled its new Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet at the IFA Show in Berlin last Thursday, but already it has been banned by a German court from promoting the new device.

In the latest round of its ongoing global patent battle with Apple, a Dusseldorf court has ordered the South Korean company to stop promoting the Galaxy Tab 7.7 with immediate effect.

"The product is not on sale yet but we've decided to respect the court order," says Samsung spokesman James Chung.

The move follows an earlier ban on German sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 by the same court in late August, with a final ruling due on September 9th.

As a result, Samsung was unable to display the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on its stand at IFA.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.