Surprisingly or not, Apple has managed to convince a court in Germany that Samsung must stop selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android Honeycomb tablet in Europe.
According to The Telegraph and German website Financial Informer, said court (situated in Dusseldorf) has granted Apple “preliminary injunction” against the sale of Samsung’s tablet, arguing that the Tab 10.1 has infringed Apple’s intellectual property, and “copied elements of the iPad 2.” In consequence, the Honeycomb device now must be removed from shelves across the old continent – except in the Netherlands.
Sure enough, Samsung can appeal against the decision, but it will take weeks before a new sentence is given – weeks in which Android fans in Europe will not be able to buy one of the best tablets ever.
While Samsung didn’t comment on the matter yet, an Apple official has reportedly declared:
“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.”
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Mind you, this doesn’t seem to be a battle won by Apple against Android as an OS, but against the Galaxy Tab 10.1′s hardware design. We’ll update you on the story as soon as new details are unveiled.
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