The acrimonious legal battle between Apple and Samsung has
taken a significant twist with Apple winning a ruling to prevent Samsung
selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the EU.
A German patents court ruled order European customs
officials to seize tens of thousands of the flagship tablets following the
preliminary ruling. The blockade prevents the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in
all EU countries, except the Netherlands.
Apple filed the patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung
back in April, claiming that Samsung’s line of Galaxy smartphones and tablets
“slavishly” copied the designs of the iPhone and iPad. Samsung said today it
vowed to lift this blockade as soon as possible. According to the Guardian Samsung plans on getting the injunction lifted at a court hearing
in the Hague today (Wednesday).
In a statement issued by Samsung following the ruling, the
South Korean company said:
“Samsung is disappointed with the court’s decision
and we intend to act immediately to defend our intellectual property rights
through the ongoing legal proceedings in Germany and will continue to actively
defend these rights throughout the world. We will take all necessary measures
to ensure Samsung’s innovative mobile communications devices are available to
customers in Europe and around the world. This decision by the court in Germany
in no way influences other legal proceedings filed with the courts in Europe
Apple responded to the ruling by saying:
“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products
look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user
interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we
need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our
While this was only a preliminary ruling, courts rarely make
such orders if they don’t think the company is likely to prevail in the main
hearing and this could point to a lot of trouble for Samsung in the future.