Ruling Prevents Sale Of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 In EU

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).

iPad Galaxy Tab 10.1

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

and elsewhere.”

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.