Samsung barred from selling Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe
Seems like Samsung's woes over the whole trademark catfight between itself and Apple has just taken yet another turn for the worse, with the Korean electronics giant suffering yet another blow in the form of a court-ordered injunction against the sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet device. This time, it is a German district court which handed down the injunction, thus effectively banning the sale of the Tab 10.1 in most of the countries that make up the European Union. Needless to say, Samsung is not very pleased with the decision.
Seems like things are definitely not going very well for Samsung recently, especially where the whole trademark hoo-ha it has gotten itself caught up with against Apple is concerned. Apparently, we have received word from all over the web that a German distract court has handed the Korean electronics giant an injuction which effectively bans the company from selling its Galaxy Tab 10,1 tablet device in most of Europe.
According to what we have read, the injunction against Samsung is effectively immediately. However, if it is of any consolation for Samsung, it seems that Apple will still have to go through the neccessary paperwork in order to ensure that the injunction is acted upon and enforced in the European Union's member countries. This should give Samsung enough time to get some units of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 device out on sale before the it is forced to cease all sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 until the whole catfight between Apple and Samsung is concluded by the courts. In addition, it seems that the Netherlands is bound by a different set of laws, so Samsung is apparently free to continue selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 there, for Apple will have to file a seperate case if it wants to apply for an injunction there as well.
In addition, ThisIsMyNext has reported that Apple has also filed for an injunction against Samsung in the US, but this particular case will be fought on an entirely different level. This is because Apple has demanded for a ban on sales of Samsung's entire product lineup, and not just the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the case is reportedly scheduled to be heard in October this year. That being said, we are speculating that Apple's outragrous demands for an injunction on Samsung's entire product lineup does not have much of a chance on holding up in court, but that is just us.
Needless to say, Samsung is not very pleased with the results, especially if the response it has sent out to ThisIsMyNext is of any indication:
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.