Apple Files to Ban Samsung Galaxy in Netherlands, Europe

Apple has asked for an injunction from The Hague in the Netherlands to ban all Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets, according to the German publication webwereld (English translation). The intellectual property suit applies to not only Samsung but also its affiliates, including those responsbile for distribution across Europe. If granted, the ban could take Samsung out of the European market.

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If this sounds familiar, it’s because a German court recently granted a similar injunction. That one also had implications for the whole of Europe, but it did not apply to the Netherlands.

The Hague has indicated a September 15th ruling with any ban taking effect no sooner than October 13 should it grant the injunction. Samsung has already prepared a letter for resellers to return any Galaxy smartphones or tablets in stock within 14 days at Samsung’s expense. Time will tell if that letter needs to be sent.

Of course all of this leaves resellers and customers wallowing in uncertainty, which usually doesn’t bode well for sales. Samsung is trying to do business as usual until a ruling is issued, but others may think differently.