updated 03:15 pm EDT, Mon August 15, 2011
Apple allegedly changed evidence in EU court
Apple may have won its preliminary injunction against Samsung in Europe by using distorted evidence, Dutch site Webwereld reported. The image of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been cropped and its aspect ratio tampered with, the outfit found. The modified ratio makes the tablets appear "practically identical," where the difference is greater in reality.
The image supplied by Apple shows an aspect ratio of 1.36 for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, while it should be 1.46. The iPad 2, for example, has an aspect ratio of 1.30. Under the German court system, Samsung wasn't allowed to rebut the evidence Apple submitted, so a chance exists that the judge in charge of the case overturn the ban on August 25 at a hearing.
Apple will have possibly had its intended effect by cutting off sales for weeks, although a chance exists it may have to compensate Samsung for the damage.
If it stands, the evidence of manipulation isn't likely to help its chances for future preliminary bans in the US or the Netherlands. Although not likely to stand as direct evidence elsewhere, it could be used as support for Samsung's view that Apple is simply trying to shut down competition rather than address legitimate complaints. [via TechCrunch]