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.

19 ResponsesLeave one →

  1. ifonephag

     /  August 9, 2011

    Lol! Apple is so gay!


     /  August 9, 2011

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

  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.

  4. Mushtaq

     /  August 10, 2011


  5. Matt S

     /  August 10, 2011

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

  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???

    • 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.

    • Bob

       /  August 10, 2011

      Haven’t you heard of the all powerful EU?

  7. Stephen

     /  August 10, 2011

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

  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 :)

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

    • 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.,..

  10. edo

     /  August 12, 2011

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

  1. German court partially lifts Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban, for everywhere but Germany | Infinity Android
  2. Mr. Android » Blog Archive » German court partially lifts Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban, for everywhere but Germany
  3. Apple “demands” all Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets are removed from sale in the EU | Infinity Android
  4. Samsung loses another Apple legal case – Galaxy S, S II and Ace to be pulled from EU | Infinity Android
  5. Samsung: 9 out of 10 Apple complaints were rejected by judge | Infinity Android

Leave a Reply to Mushtaq

  • Reviews

    • Sony Xperia Z2 review

      This is Sony’s latest go at producing a high-spec Android flagship model, with the Xperia Z2 ticking every one of 2014’s must-have tech bullet points. It has a large 5.2-inch 1080p display. It has the hot new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset inside. It has a massive 3GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. It’s […]

    • LG/Google Nexus 5 review

      Nexus 5It’s smooth to use, the 1080p display is sharp, clear and bright, the device is extremely light and thin and therefore very pocketable and portable — much more so than other 5-inch phones we’ve used. And yet… we’re a bit unimpressed by the overall package…

    • Vodafone Huawei Ascend G510 review

      Huawei Ascend G510A relatively high-spec smartphone, with a 4.5″ display running at 480 x 854 resolution and powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, plus the Ascend G510 arrives running Android 4.1.1 — albeit potentially hindered by Huawei only sticking 512MB of RAM inside it..

    • Kogan Agora 5.0" Dual-core Smartphone review

      We bought one of these using our actual money. We couldn’t quite believe that budget hardware maker Kogan was able to sell a 5″ Android phone for £119 plus delivery from Hong Kong so had to get one to have a look at the thing under our usual LABORATORY CONDITIONS. First impressions of the Kogan Agora […]

    • Panasonic Eluga review

      Panasonic ElugaThe Panasonic Eluga marks the company’s return to the European mobile phone scene years after several years of absence, and it’s come back to us with a moderately high-spec Android model that features a rather stylish, slim case.

    • HTC One V review

      The HTC One V is HTC’s third entry in its high-profile new HTC One range, offering a smaller 3.7″ display running on a single-core 1GHz processor. It is is very much the “affordable” option in HTC’s newest Android series, but it still arrives running the same HTC Sense 4 interface we saw in the excellent […]

    • HTC One S review

      The HTC One S is the piggy in the middle of HTC’s 2012 line-up, offering a 4.3″ AMOLED display inside a very slim and stylish aluminium chassis. You get the same ImageSense camera technology as employed to such great effect in the HTC One X, along with Android 4.0.3 and the very latest HTC Sense […]

    • HTC One X review

      Here it is then, HTC’s new quad-core monster, the 4.7″ flagship for 2012 that introduces the Tegra 3 processor to mobile phones, updates HTC’s range to Android 4.0 and brings us the supposedly streamlined version 4.0 of HTC’s Sense user interface. You also get a fantastic 8megapixel camera that we’ve previously examined in great detail, […]

    • HTC One X review: Camera, photo and video samples

      HTC’s new quad-core flagship phone doesn’t just feature Android 4.0, a 4.7″ display and Nvidia’s newest Tegra 3 chipset – there’s also an entirely new 8megapixel camera in the phone, powered by a system HTC is calling ImageSense. And this camera is one of the many highlights of the new Android phone, offering the perfect […]

    • Sony Xperia S review

      Xperia S Sony returns with an all-new mobile design for 2012, pairing a dual-core processor with a 720p display. It’s a lovely phone, but is it enough to end our Samsung and HTC obsession?

    • Sony Xperia S review: Camera, photo and video samples

      We’ve spent most of the last week captivated by the staggeringly sharp screen of the new Sony Xperia S, while putting together what will hopefully be something resembling a review for you all to read very shortly. In the meantime, to be getting on with, here are a few sample photos and videos, taken using […]

    • LG Prada 3.0 review

      LG Prada 3.0 review LG’s updated Prada phone comes with an absolutely crazy black & white theme, but is it just for fashionable suit wearers who want to make themselves look a bit more interesting?

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: Case-Mate Tough Case for Galaxy Nexus

      £30? For a phone case? It had better be good.

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: Samsung Official Mesh Vent Case for Galaxy Nexus

      Samsung’s official Galaxy Nexus case. Costs a lot. Has a glittery little logo.

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: Case-Mate Barely There for Samsung Galaxy Nexus

      Fresh from reviewing the cheap and cheerful FlexiShield case for the Galaxy Nexus, we’re back with another protective offering from industry veteran Case-Mate. Although this particular product retails for around the same price as FlexiShield’s TPU option, it’s quite a different proposition. Review submitted by extremely patient retro gaming advisor Damo. As the name suggests, […]

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: FlexiShield Case for Galaxy Nexus

      Seeing as we’ve just reviewed the brand spanking new Galaxy Nexus, we’re in the mood for some accessorising – and we don’t mean earnings and handbags. To that end, we’ll be covering a few Galaxy Nexus-themed items over the next few weeks, starting with the FlexiShield Case. Review submitted by reader, writer, gamer and occasional […]