Those in Europe that were looking forward to getting their hands on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 will not get that chance for now. Based on an injunction granted by Apple in a Germany court, both sales and marketing of the product will stop being sold all over continent effective immediately.
This comes off the heels of Apple suing Samsung just over three months ago when they alleged that Samsung ripped off their product and modeled it after Apple’s very own iPad and iPhone.
A statement released by a Samsung spokeswoman called the dispute “disappointing”.
“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,” the statement read. She added, “We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung’s innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world.”
In a statement to Bloomberg, Kristin Huguet defended the injunction, stating that “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.” She added, “This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”
Samsung is allowed to appeal the injunction starting next month. But many are labeling the fiasco a “win” for Apple for at least the next month, while the consumers that prefer one over the other are described as the “losers,” according to a source.