Apple wins ruling accusing Samsung of copying the design and functionality of its products, preventing sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across most of Europe
Sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the European Union (except the Netherlands) have been blocked after Apple won a preliminary injunction against the Korean electronics manufacturer in a patent dispute.
Apple has accused Samsung’s Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets of copying the design and functionality of its iPhone and iPad products.
It alleges that the Galaxy Tab infringes 10 separate patent areas such as data transmission and wireless technology.
Apple will apply to have the injunction extended to the Netherlands before the patents court in the Hague later today while Samsung has said it will act immediately to lift the injunction.
A Samsung spokesperson 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 around 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.”