Despite arguments from its legal team, Samsung has lost the battle to lift the ban on selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Germany. A court hearing in Düsseldorf, Germany, upheld Apple's injunction, but allowed the Korean company to continue to sell the tablet elsewhere in Europe.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
While being able to sell the tablet elsewhere in Europe will come as huge relief to Samsung, the company failed to convince the court to remove the German ban in time for it to display its high-profile Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet at the huge IFA consumer electronics exhibition that will be held in Berlin Sept. 2.
The Düsseldorf court said that it will rule on Apple's injunction against Samsung Sept. 9. The court had initially granted Apple a temporary injunction to block shipments of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across all EU countries except the Netherlands, but the court later withdrew this element of the injunction due to uncertainty over whether its jurisdiction extended to all 27 EU member states.
Last week, a Dutch court banned a number of Samsung logistics subsidiaries based in The Netherlands from distributing Samsung smartphones, forcing the company to hurriedly rework how to ship its handsets to resellers across Europe.
The devices affected by this ruling include the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and the Ace, with shipments banned from October unless Samsung can address the patent infringements.
Apple and Samsung are currently contesting 19 legal disputes in 12 courts across nine countries.
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