Ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab lifted (temporarily)

by Debbie Clarke

For a limited time, customers across Europe, excluding Germany, can get their hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. However they will need to do so quickly as the ban on the sale of this device has only been lifted temporarily as a court investigates whether the original ban was appropriate.

The initial ban was put in place by a court in Germany, where the ban still holds, after Apple accused Samsung of infringing upon the companies intellectual property by “slavishly” copying the design of the iPad. An Apple spokesman suggested:

“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.”

It is not the claim made by Apple which has been called into question but more so whether the Dusseldorf court which originally imposed the ban had the power to issue such an injunction, one which extends outwith Germany. It is unclear what a decision in the favour of Samsung would mean for Apple. If it is ruled that the ban stands in Germany but not with the rest of the EU, could Apple face a lengthy and expensive process of having to file claims across Europe?

Have you been itching to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy 10.1? Let us know in the comments section below!

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