Apple granted an injunction barring distribution in all of the EU except The Netherlands
A week after Samsung agreed out of court to postpone the launch of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, the leading manufacturer of tablets running Google’s GOOG Android operating system has suffered a second major setback.
A court in Germany Tuesday granted Apple AAPL a preliminary injunction barring distribution of the device in the entire European Union except The Netherlands.
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What this means for the other cases Apple has brought against the manufacturers of Android devices for — in its words — “slavishly” copying the iPad is unclear. Mueller notes that German patent law is considerably stricter than U.S. patent law with respect to injunctions and that this particular court has a reputation for favoring the interests of patent holders over those of alleged infringers.
Meanwhile the device, which was released in Britain last week and became, according to the Telegraph, the country’s fastest-selling tablet since the iPad 2, must be removed from the shelves.