Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales Blocked in Europe by Apple

Chris Burns - Aug 9, 2011, 11:55am CDT
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales Blocked in Europe by Apple

It appears that Samsung has been blocked in a very major way by Apple via the European Union as the fruit-based group has issued a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for violation of intellectual rights in regards to the original iPad. This device had also been launched just last week in Britain, where it must also be removed from shelves and all sales stopped for the time being. The Regional Court of Dusseldorf has granted Apple this preliminary injunction and sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 must be stopped across the entirety of Europe except for the Netherlands.

According to pan-European law, it is possible to file for such an injunction which will stop sales of products across the entirety of the EU. Thus far, the judge Apple is dealing with has backed Apple’s claim that this newest Samsung tablet has infringed on more than one Apple-owned patent and has “copied” elements of the iPad 2. Samsung is allowed to appeal against the judgement, but as Galaxy Tab 10.1 units are not allowed to be sold across the EU for the time being, the damage is essentially done. Any appeal of the decision already made (or about to be made, depending on when you read this post,) would take approximately four weeks time and would have to be heard by the same judge.

An Apple spokesperson has apparently made a statement already, noting:

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

The injunction in Germany affects the rest of the EU as well because according to EU law, any injunction issued by a national court acting as a “Community Trade Mark” court against infringement or “threatened infringement” will have an effect throughout the entirety of the EU initially, even if later on it may be found that the case will only affect the small area in which the court resides. We’ll be adding more information to this post as the case develops, any giant developments being published as separate posts here on SlashGear in the main news feed as well.

UPDATE: pages from the official injunction added in gallery below:

[via Wirtschafts Blatt]


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23 Responses to Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales Blocked in Europe by Apple

  1. Gross.. Once again, the consumer looses out. If Apple stuff was so damn good, they wouldn’t be worried about Samsung being in the market. It’s not like its hugely different in price… just BETTER.

  2. Author:  “…as the fruit-based group has issued a preliminary injunction…” Your wording is wrong. Apple can do a lot of things, but it can’t issue injunctions.

  3. This is bullshit, Software patents are not valid in Europe so, I really dont think they have done a halt for the device.

    @facebook-100001076901964:disqus All tablets look the same, and apple has copycatted the ones made in the 90’s so really c’mon.

  4. I just don’t see the similarities.  I was looking at them side by side in a local computer store (well, in a salespersons hands, as they wouldn’t let me carry the “untethered” device to the one I was comparing it to), and other than the slimness, I just don’t see them as being a copy.  iPad2 has a sloped underside, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn’t.  As far as the screen bezel, that can’t be avoided on any device, and shouldn’t be patent-able (?).  I didn’t see the packaging to compare.  I do agree that the proprietary port appears awfully similar; but isn’t that the only way to go on a device this slim?  Did Apple create that type of port connection, or just take advantage of it?  I don’t know the answer to that. I’m all for protecting IP, but it’s getting ridiculous.  “oh you can’t wave “hello”, I have a patent on that gesture!  Ridiculous.

    • And here I thought I was the only one. Is is a case of the copied the box it came in? I for the life of me can’t see the similarities between the two other than they are both flat tablets…. seriously now can someone that’s fair and honest please let us know where did Samsung copy Apple. 

      • Don’t think its the box. I have seen the box and it dosen’t look like an iPad2 box at all.

        Where did Samsung copied apple?  Making a thin and light tablet?  Making a better tablet?To tell you the truth, I see no copying.  What I see is that Samsung took ideas from the iPad2 and made it better.

        The only thing I see them copying (maybe?) is the proprietary port, but does apple have that patent in the first place and have they even sued samsung because of that?  last I checked there were no lawsuits dealing with that.

        But I won’t be to worried with these, they will be tossed out.  You just have an (idiot) judge ruling in favor for Apple.  Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 copied of the iPad?  if copying a problem, why didn’t Apple go after HP with their TouchPad?  That looks like an iPad.  More than the Tab. 

  5. Bloody Apple. Preventing people from getting a Galaxy tab is not going to make them want an IPad instead. Really it isn’t. Surprised the German Court are allowing this anti-competitive behaviour to persist as the EU has laws against abuse of dominant position etc. Yes of course they look the same – they’re both tablets. A Samsung TV looks similar to a Panasonic TV and an LG TV etc. Perhaps we should just be thankful that Apple don’t make televisions or they wouldn’t let anyone else make those either!!

    • The patent war is against Google Android in every form – Android tablets or Android smartphones. Android smartphones have around 50% market share and is that a decision against all the Android smartphones too? Is that mean that better products like Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1/8.9,  Samsung Galaxy S2, all the HTC smartphones, etc should be blocked too? Seems just pretty stupid idea all the world to follow the jurisdiction of the local American Court…

  6. Because apple are afraid of losing market share, they
    started by firing at HTC then anyone who will put their dominance in jeopardy,
    improve apple instead of suing.

  7. I paid $22.85 for an iPhone 4-32GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $674 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.com

  8. I paid $22.85 for an iPhone 4-32GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $674 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.com

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