Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Blocked From Sale In Europe

Samsung and Apple’s protracted legal battle has come to a head after a German court ruled that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 be withdrawn from sale across Europe.

The Regional Court of Dusseldorf granted Apple a temporary injunction against the sale and marketing of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in EU counties, bar the Netherlands, forcing the Korean manufacturer to stop advertising the tablet and pull all units from the shelves.

The ruling was passed after the judge sided with the Californian company, upholding Apple’s claim that Samsung had copied the design of the iPad 2 for its latest slate.

While Samsung can appeal against the decision made by the court, it will be at least four weeks until they meet with the judge again. In the meantime, Apple’s injunction will remain in effect.

Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet confirmed the preliminary injunction, while Samsung said it would challenge the decision: “The request for an injunction was filed with no notice to Samsung, and the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung,” said the Korean manufacturer.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 was released in the UK only last week and in terms of competition, the injunction couldn’t have come at a better time for Apple, as the Samsung product was reported to be the fastest selling tablet since the iPad 2.

The ruling in Europe comes shortly after Apple was also granted a temporary injunction in Australia against the sale and marketing of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in that territory. Judges are expected to meet in Sydney at the end of this month to make a final decision in that case.

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