The ongoing legal battles between Apple and Samsung are heating up. According to multiple reports, Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction that prevents Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in all countries in the European Union with the exemption of the Netherlands.
A second lawsuit in Australia has had in a similar outcome. Australia’s
Sydney Morning Herald reports that Samsung has “agreed to stop advertising the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia and not to sell the device until it wins court approval or the lawsuit is resolved.”
The feud between the two companies has been escalating since April when Apple first filed its lawsuit against Samsung in the US on the grounds that “Samsung has followed each of Apple's groundbreaking products with imitation products that incorporate Apple's technology and distinctive design.”
The products in question include Samsung’s “iPad-like” Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its line of “iPhone-inspired” Galaxy smartphones.
Samsung issued the following statement to technology blog The Next Web following reports its Galaxy Tab 10.1 had been blocked from sale in the EU: “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 request for injunction was filed with no notice to Samsung, and the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung,” added Samsung. “We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung’s innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world.”
Apple had not responded to requests for comment at the time of publishing.