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Court bans Samsung's Galaxy Tab in EU

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent infringement? media tablets? design copyright?

The escalating legal battle between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd is far from over. According to reports, a district court in Dusseldorf, Germany has favored Apple and has issued an order preventing Samsung from selling it Galaxy Tab 10.1 media tablets in all countries of the European Union, with the exception of Netherlands.

Reports also claim that when Apple obtained the temporary injuction banning the selling of the latest 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab media tablets, there was no representative from Samsung at the hearing and Samsung had no knowledge of the court order.

The injunction is based on the allegation that the Galaxy tablet infringes a European registered "community design" related to the iPad 2, a form of design copyright, according some reports. It is not clear how long the temporary order will remain in place. The Galaxy 10.1 had recently gone on sale in the U.K. and across Europe.

A Bloomberg report references an Apple spokesperson confirming the report and a Samsung spokesperson saying the company would fight to make its products available.

Samsung takes Apple battle to the ITC
Last month, Samsung fought Apple's lawsuits and filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission asking for an investigation of alleged patent infringement by Apple. Samsung is also seeking an importation ban of Apple products into the U.S. Learn more about the article here.

Apple and Samsung had previously exchanged lawsuits alleging in such places as the United States, South Korea and Germany alleging patent infringement. Apple filed an original law suit in April alleging Samsung had copied the look and feel of Apple's iPad and iPhone with its own Galaxy smarthphone and tablet offerings.

Last week, Samsung agreed to an Apple request not to sell Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets in Australia, pending the outcome of litigation between the two companies in that country.

In April, Apple filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung in U.S. District Court in Northern California. Samsung later countersued Apple and, in June, filed a complaint against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

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