Samsung Responds to Apple's Galaxy Tab Block in EU
This is getting ugly.
The German courts sided with Apple earlier this week, which dealt a hefty blow to Samsung, effectively barring the import of Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets into the European Union (except for the Netherlands).
This is all the result of an intellectual property battle between the two companies, even though they do work together in producing some of the key parts in the iPhone, iPod and iPad.
When it comes to the legal side of the business, however, there's no love lost between these two at the moment. Samsung isn't just going to take the court order, however, it has plans to get those Galaxy Tab 10.1 units exchanged for some cold hard Euros.
Director of Public Relations Kim Titus said in a statement:
“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.”