We reported yesterday that Apple had won an injunction in Germany’s patent court to block the import of Samsung’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. This injunction barred the sales and import of the tablet into all the countries in the European Union aside from the Netherlands.
This all stems from a heated patent war going on between Apple and Samsung dating back to March of this year. Apple contends that Samsung has ripped off their iPhone and iPad designs with Samsung Android phones and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, tablets respectively. Samsung also contends that Apple has ripped them off as well. What makes these cases get even deeper is the fact that Samsung is one of Apple’s top vendors for chipset manufacturing for iPhones and iPads.
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Samsung feels that they were blindsided by the German court. Samsung’s Director of Public Relations, Kim Titus, issued a statement today
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
Samsung introduced the original Samsung Galaxy Tab in Berlin Germany last year during the IFA convention. In fact Samsung had painted half the town in their familiar blue logos with hints at the Samsung Galaxy Tab release in every corner. Hopefully there will be some resolution to this dispute before IFA starts at the very beginning of September.
source: Tom’s Guide