Apple stops Samsung Galaxy 10.1 in EU

After securing an injunction in Australia, Apple and Samsung Electronics' legal tussle has extended to Europe, where Apple scored another preliminary injunction banning the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from nearly all European Union nations.

Foss Patents reported that Apple was granted a preliminary injunction by a German court. The ban includes all nations in the EU, except for the Netherlands. As with prior complaints, Apple claims that the Galaxy Tab is illegally copying technology used in the iPad.

Foss said that Apple is asking the district court in Dusseldorf, Germany, to impose a US$350,000 fine for each violation or imprisonment for Samsung management.

The battle is part of a wider conflict between Apple and the various companies supporting Android. With Google's mobile software gaining momentum, Apple is attempting to take the wind out of its sales with lawsuits against several of its key supporters.

The injunction sounds similar to efforts in Australia, where Apple has also sought to stop the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Samsung had agreed to stop selling the US version, but insists that it will sell an Apple-approved version.

In the US, Apple and Samsung have several complaints and lawsuits filed against each other, both in the courts and at the US International Trade Commission.

While the various Android tablets have only seen mixed success in the market, Samsung has come the closest to rivalling the iPad. Its Galaxy Tab is thinner and lighter than Apple's tablet, and the price is comparable.

In a statement, Samsung described the court's decision as "disappointing":

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.

The request for injunction was filed with no notice to Samsung, and the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung.

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.

That's a stark contrast to the statement issued by Samsung in Australia just last week, wherein it noted that it had reached an amicable agreement with Apple and the Federal Court of Australia not to sell its existing Galaxy Tab 10.1, and instead release a special version for the Australian market.

Apple wasn't immediately available to comment on the injunction.

Via CNET



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tech4life posted a comment   
Australia

this is ridiculous. Apples ipad is crap anyway, if there doing this im not buying any of their products....

 

tech4life posted a comment   
Australia

this is ridiculous. Apples ipad is crap anyway, if there doing this im not buying any of their products....

 

TedBunton posted a comment   
Australia

try Expansys Australia they have them

 

TedBunton posted a comment   
Australia

Expansys is selling Samsung Galaxy Tabs! Check them out:
http://www.expansys.com.au/

 

apollo555 posted a comment   
Australia

I thought Apple stood on the simplistic beauty of their products. Why do they need to sue with this ideology? Bad sport Apple, bad sport!

Wonder why HTC has not sued apple for touchscreen, video conferencing, vertical scrolling. Things my 6 yr old HTC windows PDA had, that Apple claimed as their own with iphone4.

Copy/Paste Apple?

 

anysia posted a comment   
Australia

Apple has to learn that competition isn't the same as patent theft. The tech has been out there since before the ubiquitious iPhone. You don't see Palm suing apple for touch screen phones, do you? And with Apple waving their arms about whining, does this mean they are going to apologise to Nokia for blatantly ripping them off now? Bets?

 

Dunners posted a comment   
Australia

The Galaxy tab 10.1 must be pretty amazing for Apple to want to ban it this much.

 

SisaleoT posted a reply   
Australia

makes u wanna buy it just to spite apple can ppl still buy it over ebay?




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