The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales have been blocked by a patent law suit filed by Apple. A German court granted Apple a preliminary injunction against the Korean company Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet sales in UK as well as Europe. Regional Court of Düsseldorf issued an injunction prohibiting the sale and importation of the Galaxy 10.1 throughout the European Union except for the Netherlands.

Samsung was sued by Apple over the look and feel of the Galaxy S products and the ruling was given on the grounds that it infringes the iPad’s design. Up to $350,000 fine for each violation and potential jail time for Samsung’s leadership if the infringement continues.

Apple issued a statement: “It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

In response to the injunction order Samsung issued a statement which reads like this. “Samsung is disappointed with the court’s decision and we intend to act immediately to defend our intellectual property rights through the ongoing legal proceedings in Germany and will continue to actively defend these rights throughout the world. The request for injunction was filed with no notice to Samsung, and the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung. We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung’s innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world.This decision by the court in Germany in no way influences other legal proceedings filed with the courts in Europe and elsewhere.”

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