August 10, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
By now, you’ve surely heard about a recent injunction that supposedly blocks the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, and pretty much everywhere else in Europe other than the Netherlands. A German court granted Apple’s request for a temporary injunction against Samsung over claims that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes on Apple’s patents and “copies” the company’s innovations.
Samsung has issued an official statement that provides some clarity on the issue. Aside from vowing to defend itself in court and ensure its “innovative mobile communications devices” are available throughout the world, Samsung has clarified that the injunction does not block the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The German court’s ruling only blocks the importation of the device, so Tab 10.1 units already in the country can be sold.
It should be noted that this order does not permanently prevent the sale of the GALAXY Tab 10.1 in Europe, but is a temporary measure imposed by the court until the patent claim is heard. Also, products already distributed to German retailers following the launch on August 5 are not affected by this injunction. – Samsung Tomorrow
This is a relief to consumers who may have considered a Galaxy Tab 10.1 but failed to purchase one following last week’s launch in Germany. Retailers who have already received those units can continue to sell the tablet as planned; however, those stores cannot restock their inventory once the current shipments run out. Now is as good a time as any to purchase a Tab 10.1 for that reason.
Samsung notes that the injunction is temporary and promises to fight it, so things can change. With Apple out to aggressively combat what it calls blatant theft of design of its iPad hardware, and ongoing litigation related to the alleged copying of iOS software in Android phones, I doubt this will be the last we here of patent fights.