• Apple Gets Samsung Galaxy Tab Blocked in Most of the European Union

    In what can only be regarded as a major victory for Apple on the world stage, German news agency DPA is reporting that Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1. As a result, the tablet is effectively barred from distribution across all of the European Union, sans the Netherlands (for now, at least).

    In light of Apple's allegations that the Galaxy Tab is a blatant iPad rip-off that subsequently violates Apple's intellectual property, the legal eagles in Cupertino went to Europe with their calls for Samsung to play fair or pay the price.

    Apple asked the Landgericht (district court) of Düsseldorf, Germany, to order an injunction under which Samsung is threatened with fines of up to EUR 250,000 (US$ 350,000) for each violation or imprisonment of Samsung's management in the event of continued infringement. Those are standard sanctions under German tort law for contempt of a preliminary injunction.
    In addition to Apple's successful legal power play in the European Union, the company is also said to be seeking a comparable preliminary injunction in Australia. Although Apple is yet to win that one, Samsung is being proactive about the matter and, at least for the time being, postponing the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia with no estimated future date for launch given.

    Source: Business Insider
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