Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has scored a major victory in its patent war against Samsung, winning a preliminary injunction in a German court that will block sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab across most of Europe. And according to a report even though Samsung has the right to appeal, the injunction will take hold immediately.
As reported by Handelsblatt Financial Informer, Samsung’s Android tablet will have to be removed from store shelves in all European Union countries except for the Netherlands, in which a separate legal case is pending. Unlike in the U.S., where injunctions generally don’t go into effect until all appeals have been exhausted, the decision by the Regional Court of Dusseldorf remains in place during any appeal.
Needless to say, it’s a big blow for Samsung and Android tablets in general, which weren’t exactly flying off store shelves in the first place. And it could have ripple effects for other Android phone and tablet makers facing legal action from Apple in Europe.
FOSS Patents notes that this particular dispute centers on a Community design, which is a unique European intellectual property right that’s different from a patent.