Earlier this 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.
Samsung revealed it will contest the ruling, although a decision isn’t expected until a few weeks after the hearing
"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," Samsung said.
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.
The decision by the Regional Court of Dusseldorf did not affect sales in the Netherlands and as a result Apple filed a separate case claiming some Samsung products infringe three of Apple’s patents. According to Reuters, a decision on this case is expected on September 15 and if successful the injunction will come into force on October 13.
"It is simply a copy of Apple, and that's why we are standing here today," Apple's lawyer Rutger Kleemanuns told the court.
Apple has also launched separate legal action to stop the sale of the tablet PC in the Australia and the US.