Apple has secured another legal victory against Samsung, winning an expanded sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet that now spans across the entire European Union. According to FOSS Patents, a German court issued the preliminary injunction in Apple’s favor based on design infringement, ruling that Samsung may not sell the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and the nearly two dozen other countries that belong to the European Union.
On the contrary, Apple lost its appeal against the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet, which is a modified version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to get around a sales ban on the tablet that is in effect in Germany. With the Galaxy Tab 10.1 still banned in the United States, Samsung may now choose to launch the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet stateside to skirt the ban in that country as well.
The sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 across the European Union relates to the similar injunction against the larger Galaxy Tab 10.1, since German court law covers “violation[s] sharing the same core,” since both tablets share the same infringing design despite having different screen sizes. Samsung still has the ability to appeal this preliminary decision to uplift the sales ban, which it will likely pursue.