Summary Box: German court rules against Samsung

THE RULING: A German court says Samsung Electronics cannot sell its new Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer in Germany.

WHY: It says the design too closely resembles Apple’s iPad 2. Apple had taken Samsung to court over its Galaxy line.

LIMITATIONS: The ruling only applies to direct sales from Samsung, so distributors who acquire the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from abroad could resell them in Germany.

NEXT STEP: Samsung plans to appeal the ruling.