Apple Wins EU Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Apple won a major victory against Samsung today; a German court has banned the Korean manufacturer from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire European Union. The ruling is the latest setback for Samsung in its battle with Apple over allegations that its devices infringe on Apple's patents with respect to aspects of the iPhone / iPad's design and GUI. The injunction blocks the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire EU save for the Netherlands, where a separate court case with a similar goal is being decided. Samsung's comments on the injunction indicate it had no idea the ruling was coming.
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.

The last part isn't really true; the German ruling allows Apple to request other EU member states honor the injunction with the exception being the Netherlands, as previously mentioned. The ruling is a sharp reversal to news from earlier in August, in which Samsung agreed to sell a version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia that Apple had no objection to. Whatever hints of cooperation that agreement might have contained have been effectively obliterated. While we've covered the ongoing Android-related patent battles in some detail, the knockdown-dragout fight between Samsung and Apple has its own unique twists. The original lawsuits date back to April, but things became more heated in early July. That's when Apple requested a preliminary injunction against Samsung that would've blocked the sale of the Infuze, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Samsung has consolidated its lawsuits and counterclaims against Apple and the EU decision won't affect the US courts. The ruling is still a blow to the company's attempts to establish the Galaxy Tab as a successful product in its own right. That said, the Tab scarcely lacks for company. Thus far, none of the would-be iPad killers--including the Xoom, the Playbook, the Galaxy, or the TouchPad--have made much headway against Apple's iPad 2.
Via:  Reuters
LLeCompte 3 years ago

the system is broken, if you look at the patient that apple has, they can block any tablet from being sold basically. This isnt right and the only reason they are doing it is because they are losing market share. I have no idea how they got that patient because its super vague.

FaceTheSlayer 3 years ago

How can Apple do this is beyond me.

Joel H 3 years ago


That's an absolutely ridiculous comparison. For starters, the CPUs in question aren't remotely comparable--a dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A9 is an entirely different beast from a 1-1.2GHz single-core Pentium-M. The iPad uses flash-based storage instead of a slow HDD, which means that while it may not offer as much theoretical capacity, access latencies are going to be an order of magnitude better.

The TC1100 weighed in at 3.1lbs. The iPad 2 weighs 1.33 lbs. The TC1100's battery life offered 3-4 hours of runtime. Battery life on the iPad 2 varies depending on how you test it, but 8-10.5 hours is common. Finally, the chart is just plain wrong--the iPad and iPad 2 *both* have headphone jacks.

I'm all for pithy comments, but let's try to keep them grounded in something that passes for reality, if only at first glance.

fat78 3 years ago

I think the fact that you can sue some one over using a rectangle design is ridiculous.

Inspector 3 years ago

Hey they should of been more imaginative. I mean who doesn't want a start tablet? lol I want a round one!

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