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The pan-European Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban retooled to apply only for Germany

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The pan-European Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban retooled to apply only for Germany
The preliminary injunction of a German court to ban sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 throughout Europe has been suspended and valid now only for Germany, at least until the next hearing on August 25.

The reason that the Duesseldorf court cites is that it is not within the court's jurisdiction to ban a South Korean company from doing business in the whole of EU with a preliminary injunction before the other side has been heard, and the ban will only stay for Germany.

It's a bit strange how all of a sudden it turned out that the court's decisions are not valid EU-wide, which had been the premise all along. A conspiracy theorist would mention the old Community Design sketches or the botched evidence that Apple's German counsel presented in court, but whatever the reason, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be sold everywhere in Europe except Germany.

The suspended pan-European injunction will be in play until the next hearing on August 25, when Samsung will take the stand to defend itself, probably with the same entertaining arguments it used in the Netherlands and Korea in the last few days.

source: WSJ

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