Apple has successfully blocked the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe. The Regional Court of Dusseldorf granted Apple the preliminary injunction, requiring sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be stopped across the entirety of European Union with the exception of the Netherlands. Any appeal made by Samsung against the ruling would take four weeks before it would be heard again in front of the same judge.
Each violation of the injunction at this point carries with it the threat of up to $350k in fines, as well as potential jail time for Samsung leadership if they allow the infringement to continue.
Previously, Samsung has said “Samsung believes there is no legal basis for this motion, We will continue to serve our customers and sales of Samsung products will proceed as usual. Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business.”
Apple currently has a similar lawsuit pending in the United States against Samsung for not only the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but also the Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, and Droid Charge. It recently won a partial victory in a similar patent case with HTC.