Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung, effectively barring sales of the newly launched Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe.
In a shocking development yesterday, a court in Germany has ruled in Cupertino’s favour in its ongoing lawsuit against the Korean giant over alleged patent infringements in the Galaxy range.
The ban will be imposed in most countries in the European Union, including the UK, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and Italy. A separate lawsuit is underway in the Netherlands.
Under German law, Samsung could be fined up to $350,000 (approx. £215k) for each violation. The ruling could even result in the imprisonment of the company’s management unless it puts a stop to further manufacture and sales of the device in its present state.
Samsung expressed its disappointment at the decision and said it will appeal.
"We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung's innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world," Kim Titus, a spokesperson for the company said.
Back in April, Apple accused Samsung of ‘slavishly’ copying the design and technology of its iDevices into the Galaxy product range.
The decision in Europe comes only a week after a similar ban was handed down by the Federal Court in Australia. A verdict in the US is currently pending.