Samsung Galaxy Tab ban lifted temporarily
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 can go on sale again in parts of Europe after a court in Germany temporarily lifted its ban.
While the ban remains in place in Germany, the Dusseldorf court has temporarily lifted the ban in other parts of Europe while it examines whether its original ruling was appropriate.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned from sale in Europe last week after the Regional Court of Dusseldorf issued an injunction in response to an intellectual property claim by Apple. The injunction covered all of the European Union except the Netherlands, where Apple has a separate lawsuit underway.
Apple contends that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 copies elements of the iPad.
Now the Dusseldorf court is considering whether it had the power to issue an injunction that applied outside Germany, intellectual property expert Florian Mueller reported. He wrote: “I believe Samsung has a pretty good chance that this temporary partial suspension will result in a partial reversal of the preliminary injunction decision at next week's hearing”
The court is due to hear Samsung’s appeal against the injunction next week. In a statement last week, the Korean company said: “"We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung's innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world.”
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the latest tablet computer from the Korean manufacturer. The original version of the Galaxy Tab was a 7-inch tablet but this year’s model adopts a similar screen size to the iPad and is marginally thinner than the iPad 2.
Following the injunction, an Apple spokesman said: "It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."
The release of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia was also delayed recently after Apple filed a complaint with the Federal Court of Australia.