Samsung may have failed in its initial efforts to keep its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet from an EU preliminary injunction blocking its sale, but it will get a chance to appeal the ruling come August 25, according to Businessweek. Apple won the injunction several days ago as part of its iPad-related patent infringement battle with Samsung.
Samsung plans to fight EU Galaxy Tab injunction
A German court ruled in favor of Apple to bar sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in all EU countries except The Netherlands, which means shoppers won’t be able to find the iPad competitor on store shelves until Samsung can get the court to reverse its ruling. Apple moved to block the tablet’s sale over claims that the Galaxy Tab steals the look and feel of the iPad.
“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,” commented Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet.
Apple has also managed to block Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Australia, although in that country Samsung is voluntarily keeping the tablet off store shelves during court proceedings. The U.S. International Trade Commission has also agreed to conduct an investigation that could potentially lead to a U.S. import ban.
Apple and Samsung are also suing each other in several other countries over allegations that they are using each other’s patented mobile device technology without permission.