A German court on Tuesday granted Apple a preliminary injunction blocking the sale of the Samsungin the European Union, excluding the Netherlands. The German courts decision to side with Apple in the patent infringement law suite is a particularly hard blow for Samsung.
In a statement to RCR Wireless “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,”
What is most surprising or genius about this tactic by Apple is that the ruling in Germany actually means that the10.1 will not be available for sale in any other European country apart from the Netherlands.
“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,” She added that the firm would “take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung’s innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world.”
With the Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned for sale in Australia and now Europe with the US waiting on their courts for a verdict Samsung is looking like its officially in hot water. With out these major markets to support the sale of its tablet its sure to loose market share in a sector where its already struggling to compete.
Samsung hasn’t given up and is planning to fight the ruling, although we can’t say we’re hopeful.
Via RCR Wireless