Apple versus Samsung: The plot goes on..and on.
(CH) Apple Inc. in legal proceedings has blocked the electronic giant from distributing and advertising their Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the European Union, except for the Netherlands. A new ruling by a regional Court in Düsseldorf granted the U.S group a temporary injunction with immediate effect against the South Korean manufacturer.
According to the German news agency DPA, Apple accuses Samsung of “slavishly” copying the design and functionality of the iPad and thus violating intellectual property rights. Samsung would thereby also be taking advantage of iPad's famous and iconic reputation.
The injunction is directed against Samsung Electronics GmbH in Schwalbach and its parent company in South Korea. Apple sought a fine of 250.000 euros or a detention order of up to two years, should Samsung ignore the court ruling.
The global intellectual property battle between Apple and Samsung escalated in April, when Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung in the United States upon which the Korean company responded with a counter suit. Since then, Apple and Samsung are relentlessly fighting on several levels over the design of their smart phones and tablets.
Last week, after Apple continuously complained, the International Trade Commission (ITC) launched an investigation against Samsung. While the dispute at the Regional Court in Düsseldorf only focused on the iPad tablet computers and Galaxy Tab, the audit in the United States extends to both Tablet computers and smartphones. Apple wants to convince the ITC to completely block Samsung from importing their phones in the U.S.