Samsung is free to sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1, at least until 25 August, after an injunction banning its sale across the EU was temporarily lifted this week.
The court in Dusseldorf lifted the injunction this week (except in Germany) until the company’s appeal hearing, set for 25 August. The decision allows Samsung to sell the tablet in the interim period.
Analysts say the decision could signal an eventual victory for Samsung in its patents dispute with Apple. Earlier this month, Apple won a preliminary injunction in a German court blocking the Korean company from selling its flagship tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, in every country in the EU except The Netherlands.
European customs officers were ordered to remove the device from shelves and seize shipments after the German court had ruled in Apple’s favour.
The ruling, which effectively prevented sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the lucrative European market, came just days after the the Android-powered device launched in the UK.
However, intellectual property analyst Florian Mueller said in his blog that this latest decision could mark an upturn in Samsung’s fortunes: ‘I believe Samsung has a pretty good chance that this temporary partial suspension will result in a partial reversal of the preliminary injunction decision at next week’s hearing.’
A Samsung spokesperson said: 'Samsung welcomes the Dusseldorf District Court's decision to suspend the pan-European preliminary injunction against the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1.
'Samsung is fully committed to providing our innovative mobile devices to the market without disruption, and ensuring that consumers have a wider selection of innovative products to choose from.
'We look forward to the opportunity to reassert our intellectual property rights at the hearing scheduled on August 25.'