Apple wins court ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Europe

The incredible Android patent WARS have taken a shocking new turn today, with Apple successfully convincing a German court to BAN sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet across Europe. According to the Telegraph’s head of technology, this means the device “must now be removed from shelves”.

The ban covers all of Europe, apart from the Netherlands for some reason, with the case judge ruling that the Tab 10.1 infringes patents and design elements used in Apple’s iPad 2. Stunning news. Here’s the Tab 10.1 pictured during happier times:

galaxy tab 101

Samsung has the right to appeal the decision, but the ban will stand during the interim period. What a bombshell. Read the full report over at the Telegraph. Thanks to reader Andy C for the tip.

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  1. ifonephag

     /  August 9, 2011

    Lol! Apple is so gay!

    Reply
  2. MIKEYMCC

     /  August 9, 2011

    Lol Apple can’t handle a little competition. This makes want to never buy an apple product even more.

    Reply
  3. Peter

     /  August 9, 2011

    Good thing my next phone is a N9 since it looks like Apple are out to ban every Android phone and tablet out of existence.

    Reply
  4. Mushtaq

     /  August 10, 2011

    DISGUSTING!!

    Reply
  5. Matt S

     /  August 10, 2011

    Utterly outrageous decision…. and i’ve got an iPad!

    Reply
  6. MarkG

     /  August 10, 2011

    Hmm, I’d be interested to hear how a German court ruling can be leagally binding on the UK highstreet…

    How does that work? What next, some bought judge in Hungary or some other “just got in the EU” corrupt eastern European country banning products across Europe???

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    • MarkG

       /  August 10, 2011

      I’m also guessing that when this gets overturned, Samsung will be getting a very large compensation settlement from Apple, just like Sony got a massive settlement (in the hundreds of millions of dollars) from LG when they got some half-arsed ruling to ban the PS3 for 2 weeks last year.

      Reply
    • Bob

       /  August 10, 2011

      Haven’t you heard of the all powerful EU?

      Reply
  7. Stephen

     /  August 10, 2011

    I hope you’ll be providing lots more Cat Deeley pictures to help us overcome our disappointment?

    Reply
  8. Andrew

     /  August 10, 2011

    Rakshesh: Hello, you’re chatting with Rakshesh, one of Vodafone’s online sales specialists. May I take your name please?
    You: andy
    Rakshesh: Hello Andy! :)
    Rakshesh: Welcome to Vodafone, what brings you to our web site today?
    You: do you have stock of the samsung galaxy tab 10.1?
    Rakshesh: Well, currently we do not have the 10.1 with us online
    Rakshesh: I am sorry for it
    You: is it available instore?
    Rakshesh: Well, the 10.1 is not currently in stock with us at any place however you can try it our nearest store if possible
    You: is this because of the german court injunction against samsung?
    Rakshesh: Well, that might be the problem but we are currently not given any specific reasons
    You: ok thanks for that
    Rakshesh: My pleasure :)

    Reply
  9. Dixons/PC World continuing to sell it today (Wednesday 10th August).

    Reply
    • MarkG

       /  August 11, 2011

      Perhaps it’s a scam like Nintendo did with the Wii, make consumers think they are in limited supply, so moronic consumers rush out and buy them.,..

      Reply
  10. edo

     /  August 12, 2011

    well the tab IS available in GERMAN o2 shop :) nobody heard of the verdict :)

    Reply
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