Apple’s legal bullying has successfully banned the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe with the exception of the Netherlands. The injunction was granted by a Dusseldorf court for trademark infringement. This is such a shame since the tablet has only been in UK shelves for less than a week. Now, they have to be removed from the shelves.
According to the judge, the Tab 10.1 shared a number of similarities to apple’s iPad. Due to the judge’s findings, Samsung’s super slim tablet can no longer be sold across Europe. Of course, the Korean tech giant has a chance to overturn the ruling through submitting an appeal to the judge in charge.
Although the Netherlands is the only exception, Apple will also be filing an injunction there within a month’s time. Apple will also file an injunction against other Samsung products such as the Galaxy S and the first Galaxy Tab.
Samsung said it was “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.” The Korean manufacturer also states that this injunction is only temporary.
Currently, Apple is engaged in legal battles with Android giants HTC and Samsung. HTC has recently filed patent infringement charges against the Cupertino firm, following a ruling that went against them in the US.
We’re not exactly sure when the ban in Europe will take effect. When will Apple’s legal bullying be put to a stop? Do you think Apple should continue with these legal debacles, or do you think they should just focus on business? Tell us what you think.