Samsung Galaxy Tab injunction stirs retailer action


Samsung Galaxy Tab injunction stirs retailer action

Simon Quicke

The consequences of the injunction Apple won against Samsung is already being felt as large suppliers look to cancel pre-orders of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which can not be sold in any EU country except the Netherlands.

Apple won an injunction in a Dusseldorf regional court earlier this week arguing that its patents had been infringed by its rival. The result was a temporary ban being issued against Samsung with Apple planning to follow-up on the court victory by pressing for a Netherlands ban.

According to reports there seems to be confusion among telco suppliers with Vodafone reported to have started to contact customers to explain that pre-orders are being cancelled with O2 highlighting lack of kit as a reason not to push too hard on the Galaxy tab and Dixons apparently intending to plough on until told otherwise.

"We're aware of legal proceedings between Apple and Samsung in Germany in connection with the Galaxy Tab 10.1," stated Vodafone adding "We're in discussions with Samsung about the position in the UK. In the meantime, we will be suspending pre-orders and contacting customers who have already placed orders. We will update our customers as soon as possible."

Apple has been fighting Samsung over smartphone and tablet patents since April, arguing that its design and functionality has been copied, but the legal fight is seen as part of wider moves to try and to fight off the Android threat from its great rival Google.

Samsung responded to the court case earlier this week by saying it will act immediately to lift the blockade and resume sales across Europe.

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