Apple vs Samsung

Apple vs Samsung: Every tablet looks more or less the same and Apple can hardly claim to have invented the form factorPhoto: Apple/Samsung

Whatever the merits of the present battle between Apple and Samsung, the legal wrangle holds some important lessons for any firm hoping to rival the iPad’s dominance, says Seb Janacek.

Apple recently won the latest legal battle in its ongoing war with key competitor and key component supplier Samsung.

A German judge appears to have agreed with Apple’s assertion that Samsung has “slavishly” copied the iPad with its latest tablet the Galaxy Tab 10. The Galaxy Tab is consequently banned from going on sale in Germany.

Explaining her decision, judge Johanna Br