A regional court in Düsseldorf, Germany on Friday favored Apple in its ongoing patent infringement lawsuit with Samsung, issuing an injunction on the sale of the Korean company’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany. Unless a successful appeal is made by Samsung in a higher regional court in Germany, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 might be barred from Germany for good. Apple has been actively suing Samsung in several different countries based on claims that many of Samsung’s Galaxy branded products have been copying the “look and feel” of Apple products like the iPad and iPhone.
Just weeks ago, Samsung was forced to stop selling the Galaxy S smartphone in the Netherlands and had to halt the sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. The Korean handset maker is facing similar battles with Apple in South Korea, Japan, and the United States. In the U.S., the International Trade Commission has yet to make a ruling on the matter. The decision made by the regional court in Düsseldorf may hold precedence in other courts elsewhere in the world. Samsung, however, plans to appeal the decision made “to ensure that consumer choice in Germany is restored.”