In a major blow to Apple, the German court has temporarily lifted the pan-EU ban from Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Now, Europeans will be able to buy the bestselling Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the direct competitor to the iPad, which Apple is trying to kill via litigation. Apple has sent its lawyers all around the globe to hunt down the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
The reason for this lift, according to Webwereld, is whether the German court has any jurisdiction over banning the import from a Korean company into entire Europe. The court has maintained the ban on the device sold in Germany by the local subsidiary Samsung Gmbh.
Last week in a controversial decision Dusseldorf District Court issued a preliminary injunction on Samsung's best selling Galaxy Tab 10.1, paving the way for clear monopoly of Apple in the European markets.
Samsung clearly stated, the injunction request was filed without its knowledge and the order granted "without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung."
The online world was flooded with reports claiming existence of prior art which may make Apple's community design patent invalid. There are also reports about the huge difference between the two devices.
Webwereld yesterday reported that Apple seemingly manipulated the images of the Samsung Galaxy Tab presented as evidence to make it look similar to the iPad.