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16 August 2011, 16:59

Galaxy Tab 10.1 back on sale in most of Europe

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Galaxy Tab 10.1 The injunction which saw Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked from sale around Europe has been dramatically scaled back. The Tab 10.1 is now subject to the Apple-requested injunction only in Germany, and only until a hearing on 25 August at the Dusseldorf district court. Details of why the change has been made are unclear.

It appears that the court over-reached its capacity to forbid the sale of the Galaxy Tab in part, according to Florian Mueller, as a result of confusion in translation of whether Samsung had a subsidiary or was an establishment in Germany. No mention was made of allegations that Apple had modified images of the Tab in court filings to make its design look more like an iPad.

The injunction had little effect in the UK where the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was already on sale in retail stores and there was stock of the Android tablet in the supply chain. It also had no effect in the Netherlands, which was excluded from the injunction because Apple has an ongoing legal action there; a decision will be made in September on that case.


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