German Galaxy Tab Injunction Temporarily Suspended

Lora Bentley

Well, if you haven't had quite your fill of patent dispute news today, this one's for you: The German court that enjoined the sale of HTC's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in most of Europe suspended parts of that injunction.

 

When I first read the news, I thought maybe there was some substance to the accusation that Apple had submitted misleading evidence to the court, but it's never safe to assume anything. The Washington Post reports

questions arose over whether or not a German court has the right to ban a company based in South Korea from selling its product throughout the European Union.

As such, customers in European countries other than Germany should be able to get the tablet as long as it comes from South Korea and not from the company's German unit. If the injunction remains in force after the Aug. 25 hearing of Samsung's appeal, it will be enforced as originally granted.

 

Apple based its request for an injunction on its own intellectual property right, Community Design 003781832, which was granted by an agency of the EU and can be enforced throughout the union.



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