German Court Enjoins Sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab in Europe

Lora Bentley

Apple won another round in its mobile patent battle Tuesday when a German court awarded the Cupertino, Calif.-based company a preliminary injunction against the sale of Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet computers in almost every European country. CNET News reports Apple is asking the court to fine Samsung $350,000 per violation or to imprison the company's management.

 

The only European country not impacted by the injunction is the Netherlands. Samsung, obviously, is unhappy with the decision, especially since both Apple's request and the decision were made before the company even had notice or an opportunity to respond. In a statement, the company told CNET:

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 companies are engaged in a similar fight over their tablet computers in Australia. There, Samsung has agreed not to sell the U.S. version of the Galaxy Tab but insists it will soon have an Australia-only version ready soon.

 

What's more, Samsung isn't the only tablet maker in Apple's crosshairs in Europe. After the order granting the injunction came down from the court in Germany, Ars Technica reported Apple is also seeking an injunction against Motorola's Xoom tablet from the same court.



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