Dutch court refuses to ban sales of Samsung tablet

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch appeals judges have ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet is not a copy of Apple’s popular iPad, handing the Korean consumer electronics maker its latest legal victory over its American rival.

Tuesday’s ruling by The Hague Appeals court upholds a lower court’s refusal to grant Apple Inc. an injunction banning the sale of Galaxy Tabs in the Netherlands.

Apple argued that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and earlier 10.1v model copied the iPad that dominated the tablet market from its 2010 launch.

Last year, Apple sued Samsung Electronics Co. in the United States, alleging its Galaxy devices “slavishly copy” the iPhone and iPad.

Samsung fought back with lawsuits of its own, accusing Apple of patent infringement of its wireless telecommunications technology.