In a decision with potentially far-reaching consequences, a German court handed down a preliminary injunction halting all distribution of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the European Union today, after a motion was filed by Apple for just such an order.

The suit in question is over nine patents, most of which relate to broad smartphone functions and concepts. The patents are so broad that Apple sued Nokia over them (yes, the exact same nine patents) last year in the same German court, and that suit ended in a settlement widely presumed to be a victory for Apple.

I don't know all that much about German intellectual property law, or the German standard for issuing preliminary injunctions, but I can tell you one thing: this would almost certainly never happen in a U.S. court. The bar for such injunctions is clearly much lower in Germany, and Apple is likely well-aware of this.

This injunction is just another step on the road to settlement for Samsung. Barring distribution of the company's flagship tablet product in its third-largest market space isn't something the management is likely to be happy about, and it's at times like this that words like "compromise" start getting thrown around.

Again, don't expect such a result to come to the U.S. - Apple is suing over patents it holds in Germany, and European patent law differs significantly from that of the United States. As such, European patents are not protectable interests in American courts.

To read more about the decision, head over to FOSSPatents.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • demus

    Apple must be scared sh..less of the competition from Android &Sammy!

  • Kevin

    This is BS! Apple blows!

  • Jon Garrett

    I hate apple so much right now., there's no way in hell I will ever buy another apple product. Ive always liked Samsung products and Im very happy with my Galaxy Tab 10.1

  • Eggcake

    I really considered buying an iPad 2. Hell no...allthough I'm not sure Switzerland is affected by this as it's not in the EU.

  • Elvis

    Wonder how long apple has been bribing officials for stuff like this to pass through....

  • L boogie

    I'm all for protecting intellectual property but this is absolutely bat-shit crazy and further proves that Apple should get scumbag of the millennium award

  • New_Guy

    I wish someone would do the same to Apple when the iPh*one 5 is announced; Sue them for some random copyright and halt distribution just to teach them a lesson. This is bogus and they and everyone else knows it...

  • TBolt

    B.S. like this makes me want to support Samsung more - by making my next upgrade a Sammy. Glad to know the Samsung Galaxy S 2 is a hot little product. :)

  • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

    First 8 responses filled with hate, hate hate.

    • Eric

      hate for a shitty company that cannot compete on an open playing field.

      • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

        35+ million iPads sold. How many Android tablets put together have sold?

        Sounds like Fandroids are bitter that their beloved OS has been left out in the cold by the market and now one of the players have been caught blatantly stealing instead of engaging in innovation that Android is (allegedly) famous for.

        • cTrox

          Why the f*** does it matter how many iPads have been sold?

        • Firehawk

          Did you even read the article? And how can you compare the units sold when the ipad has been out longer? You sir are an idiot, apple fanboy, troll, and by the looks of your picture, not liked by the ladies.

        • Ronan

          Yeah the reason so many iPads sold was because Apple first started selling them. And now when the tablet competition is getting stronger, they resorted to sueing in order to stop it from going any further.

      • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

        There's no need for foul language just because your beloved has become a casualty in the war for user's hearts, minds and hands.

        • Anon

          How's Starbucks?
          Fuck off.

  • Touch

    Feel so sorry for Samsung. Going thru all that trouble of copying Apple products so explicitly (packaging, charging cable, design, color, bezel, user interface, the smart cover... everything copied just right!!!) and then having them banned from the European Union!?! That is outrageous!!!

    • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

      It's sad
      So sad
      It's a sad, sad situation
      And it's only getting more absurd

  • dairyman

    This site is called "Android Police". Why is an Apple Fanboy even on this site? Android envy?

    • Touch

      Because somebody has to bring the cheese to the whine party!!!!

      • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom


        (And this is random text to make the comment long enough)

    • L boogie

      Despite everything Apple is doing to halt android's progress, of course there are minions that would defend them to the end, ap just got introduced to two of them

  • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom


    (Also, comments have to be a certain length on this site. You can't get away with something as short as "*rimshot*")

  • Steve

    Fuck apple bunch of pussies

    Apple : moma android and samsung is beating the crap out of me

    Judge: give me money I will protect u

    Time for Ford to the sue all car manufacturers

    • CraigRat

      I'll bite, why would Ford sue other car makers?

      • JayMonster

        Because Henry Ford conceptualized the assembly line for automobile making. Of course the way they throw around patents these days Ford could in theory sue every company that builds a product om an assembly line.

  • Gilghemesh

    I wasn't going to buy a Galaxy Tab 10.1 but I'm now contemplating buying one only if to give Apple the middle finger.

  • TBolt

    Has Android Police had Apple trolls for very long? I hadn't noticed it til today.

    • L boogie

      Was wondering the same thing

    • L boogie

      Was wondering about the same thing

  • http://www.podoco.net zach voss

    the GS2 is pretty similar to the iphone but this article is about the galaxy tab... which is very different than the ipad2 in regards to hardware and software. ipad is running 256 mb of RAM. its 2011...(year of the ipad? lolz)

    • sinner

      i'm using SGS2 now and its not even resemble iphone is any ways. i donno which part is the same.the shape?wow

  • Johan Be

    I have an Galaxy Tab 10.1, bought it 2 weeks ago. Uses it daily, a friend has an iPad, but the design aren´t the same at all. But my Galaxy Tab 10.1 have a full HD display, and it is faster. So im glad i got before they stopped it in EU (i live in Sweden).

  • http://androlib.blog.hu Yarner

    Worrying news...
    Just a technical question: Does this injunction relate to both variants of the Tab? As of now, only 10.1v is available in Hungary is it also prohibited?


  • Carchathoth

    Truth is, that Samsung tabs ARE quite clear copies as well as some of Samsung phones. Just look at those things and compare. You can clearly see similarities.

    People in Asia are used to copy European/American hit products without any shame. (Good example are those evil Apple Stores in China). Its about time to make them pay for such things.

  • azumihk

    Oww please shut up, so a radio looks like a radio and a car like a car, and pepsi taste like coca cola , Banana should stop this idiot crap they doing now, i mean apple or what ever they are called, hope they breakdown soon

  • Carchathoth

    For example Nokia released a hitphone Nokia 5230. What were reactions? Supprise!! Samsung relases Samsung S5230. Shameless copy of a phone and even name.

    "It's just accident that a phone looks like Nokia one and it happens to be accident that we decided to choose the same number too!"

  • Andy

    Easy solution: Stop copying and make something unique yourself.

    Android - Innovation happens elsewhere!

    • JayMonster

      Interesting POV considering everything "New" in iOS 5 is taken from somewhere else.

      Oh, that's right... when you have a black turtleneck, stealing is "innovating"