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Friday, August 12, 2011

TECH NEWS: Patent court blocks sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab in EU!


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Josh Halliday, The Hindu / August 11, 2011.

Bollywood actor Lara Dutta during the launch of Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 and Galaxy Tab 730 in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
Bollywood actor Lara Dutta during the launch of Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 and Galaxy Tab 730 in New Delhi. Photo: PTI.


European customs officers have been ordered to seize shipments of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab computers after Apple won a preliminary injunction against the Korean electronics giant in an acrimonious patent dispute.

Samsung on Wednesday said it would act immediately to lift the blockade, which prevents sales of its flagship tablet computer in the European Union, except the Netherlands.

Tens of thousands of Samsung Galaxy Tabs are thought to have been seized after the ruling late on Tuesday by a German patents court.

Apple has accused Samsung’s Galaxy range of smartphones and tablet computers of “slavishly” copying the design and functionality of its popular iPhone and iPad lines.

Apple was to apply to have the injunction extended to the Netherlands later yesterday.

A Samsung spokeswoman said yesterday morning: “Samsung is 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.

“We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung’s innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world. This decision by the court in Germany in no way influences other legal proceedings filed with the courts in Europe and elsewhere.”


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