After a German court granted that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 could be sold in most of Europe, Apple this week brought the case to the Netherlands to push for the ban of Samsung’s entire Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets.
Apple and Samsung did not immediately provide official comments on the matter.
The complaint against Samsung in The Hague district court, which was first pointed out by Dutch publication Webwereld, is not simply a ban on sales. It also includes a demand for recalling the entire stock of Samsung’s gear. Apple wants Samsung to send a letter to companies that distribute its products to request all stock be returned to Samsung within 14 days.
The ban would immediately stop the sale of Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S, and Galaxy S II smartphones, as well as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and original Galaxy Tab tablets. A complete EU block of the Galaxy line would be catastrophic for Samsung, which is trying to establish its Android-based smartphones and tablets as some of the best alternatives to Apple’s iPhone and iPad.
Last week, Samsung said it was “disappointed” when a German court blocked the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the EU (except the Netherlands) on the grounds that the Tab imitated the iPad so closely it infringed on Apple’s intellectual property rights. Samsung could have faced fines up to $350,000 per unit sold under the German court ban. But the ban was lifted when the Duesseldorf regional court lifted the injunction, saying it was questionable whether it had the authority to bar the sale of a Korean product outside of Germany.
The news is another continuation of Apple’s legal squabbles with Samsung, which started in April with a lawsuit in the U.S. concerning the company’s Galaxy Android smartphones and Galaxy Tab. Apple argued that Samsung’s devices considerably imitated the iPhone and iPad. Samsung filed a counter-suit against Apple, but the battle also extended to the U.S. International Trade Commission, which can block the importation of devices into the U.S.
Now that battle is being played out in courts all over the world.
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