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Ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales is lifted

Regional Court of Dusseldorf unsure whether ban is legitimate outside of Germany

An injunction that prevents Samsung from selling the latest iteration of its tablet PC, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, in Europe has been partially lifted by the court that imposed it.

Last week, the Regional Court of Dusseldorf granted the temporary injunction to stop the sales of the device in Europe after Apple claimed the latest iteration of Samsung's tablet PC infringes Apple patents for the iPad and the iPhone. In particular, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a similar size to Apple's iPad 2 and is slightly thinner than Apple's tablet PC.

"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. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas," Apple said.

According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), a spokesman for the court said the ban has been lifted outside Germany as it is disputable whether a German court can halt the sales of devices outside Germany if the company’s HQ is based in South Korea. However, the German arm of Samsung is still banned for selling the tablet PC in the whole of the EU, including the Netherlands, which was exempt from the original injunction.

Samsung immediately appealed the decision and a court hearing will take place on August 25. The firm told the WSJ in a statement it welcomed the court's decision to lift the ban.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 10.1in WXGA TFT LCD touchscreen and is powered by a 1GHz dual core application processor, with the latest NVIDIA Tegra chip. Running Google Android Honeycomb, version 3.1 of the operating system aimed specifically at tablet PCs and available in both Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and 3G versions, Samsung says the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 supports network speeds of up to 21Mbps and offers reduced data transfer times.

Apple has also launched separate legal action to stop the sale of the tablet PC in the Australia and the US.


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