Friday, September 2

Apple keeps sales of Samsung tablets in EU

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc. a victory in its multi-country patent infringement battle against Samsung Electronics achieved after a German Court excluded the Korean company from the sale of his Galaxy tab 10.1 throughout the European Union with the exception of the Netherlands.

Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet confirmed that a District Court in Dusseldorf, the injunction is granted.

This is the second major setback for Samsung, which has been locked in a battle with Apple about smartphones and tablets patents since April, and it happens because of similar complaints the Australian introduction of its latest Galaxy Tablet delayed.

A spokesman for Samsung US seeks comment no call back.

Apple said that Samsung Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets "slavishly" copied the iPhone and the iPad. It has sued in the United States, Australia and elsewhere. Samsung has Apple universal.

"This is a right of intellectual property by an agency of the European Union granted" Florian Muller, a specialist and blogger on patent battles, said in his blog FOSS patents. "they can be enforced so EU wide, while the European patent law is still fragmented, require an other action in each country, looking to enforce them."

Mueller said that Apple has a separate process in the Netherlands as well as.

The Galaxy-tab 10.1 only recently was in Europe and in the early stages will be rolled out.

Samsung is one of the fastest-growing smartphone makers and has proven to be Apple's strongest competitor in the booming Tablet market with models in three sizes, but it remains a distant second in the region.

Patents battle has the potential to Samsung cripple, said Brian White, analyst at Ticonderoga, in a note to clients.

"Samsung is one of the few OEMs in the world with ability successfully in the Smartphone and tablet," he said. "However, if Samsung Apple's IP rights violated, believe we, Apple in the coming years still can enjoy continued success in these markets."

You use Galaxy products Google Android operating system, which competes directly with Apple mobile software.

Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters.

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