by Elmer Montejo, 1 year ago
United States District Court Judge Lucy H. Koh this week denied Samsung’s request to preview Apple’s upcoming iPhone and iPad in relation to the intellectual property suit lodged by Apple against Samsung. Koh found no…
We’ve already talked about Samsung’s legal troubles before. But it seems the Korean company has managed to get a little break from its problems with Apple over the legal wrangling about the Galaxy Tab 10.1. A German court has lifted a few of the restrictions on sales of the tablet in the European Union.
As a brief refresher on the issue, here’s what happened so far: Apple filed a suit against Samsung because supposedly the Korean company’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 was just a cheap knock off the iPad 2. At the beginning of the case though, a German court let Apple have a preliminary injunction.
This was last week and it has been a very painful week for Galax Tab sales. This is because the injunction declared that Samsung couldn’t sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany. As if that wasn’t enough, it also stopped the company from selling anywhere in the EU, except for the Netherlands. Which is patently unfair, if you ask me.
However, it seems that saner heads have prevailed. The court ruling has been adjusted to specifically say that it is only Samsung’s German division that couldn’t distribute the tablet in the European Union. This enables Samsung to sell the tablet if the orders are coursed through the company’s other divisions.
Still, the preliminary injunction isn’t a final decision about the case. Legal cases take month, and even years, to resolved. The initial injunction would have knocked out the Galaxy Tab for a long time and thankfully it’s been adjusted or Apple would have had market dominance over Europe.
Anyway, it looks the Galaxy Tab is safe to sell for now. Well, at least until the courts flip-flop again.