Samsung banned from distributing Galaxy Tab 10.1 in EU

The success run of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 seems to have hit a roadblock – for now

Samsung had a huge success with the Galaxy Tab 7” tablet, and an even bigger one lined-up for the latest Tab 10.1”. But there might be some hiccups on the way – one of them seems to have hit already. reports that Apple has just won what seems to be a major patent war against its closest rival in Germany.

First reported by a German news agency called dpa, the infringement is concerning one of Apple’s European Community Designs incorporated in the iPad. The preliminary injunction awarded to Apple bans distribution of the product in question, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in this case, in the area in question. A permanent injunction might ban the product altogether. The area in question here is the whole of EU (except Holland) as the same enforcement made in Germany applies to the other members of the European Union. It does not apply for some reason in the Netherlands.

When the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was launched, it was touted as the iPad killer, and the kid did itself great by becoming the fastest seller after only the iPad. So this move from Apple can go a long way in widening the gap between both the tablets.  

The worst part is that the accusations might not have to stop at the Galaxy Tab 10.1. If this holds, Samsung’s entire line of Tablets could be affected. We personally would like to have choices – especially those that can play Flash!

Samsung promises to come back strongly in its official statement.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-08-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)