A German court has today (25 August) upheld an injunction requested by Apple to block Samsung from selling its flagship tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, in Germany.
Despite attempts from Samsung to have the injunction dropped, the Dusseldorf court ruled in Apple’s favour and refused the request.
The news is the latest development in the ongoing patent battle between Apple and Samsung.
The computer giant sued Samsung in April this year for infringement of patents and trademarks. The firm has accused Samsung of copying the design and functionality of its iconic iPad and iPhone products in their Galaxy tablet and smartphone range.
Although the court initially granted Apple a temporary injunction to block Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 shipments across all EU countries except the Netherlands, it later lifted the injunction as it was reportedly unsure whether its jurisdiction extended to all 27 member states.
The EU-wide ban was also lifted after Samsung claimed the picture of its Galaxy Tab had been widened to make it look more like the iPad.
Both parties now have to wait until the final ruling due to take place on 9 September to find out if Apple’s attempts to enforce a total ban of sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 across the EU have been successful.