Galaxy ban lifted

The ban on the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 across Europe has been temporarily lifted while a court looks at whether the original ruling was appropriate.

The ban was won in Germany following a patent filing by Apple which accused Samsung of “slavishly” copying the design of its iPad.But questions have been raised over whether the Dusseldorf court had the right to instigate an EU-wide ban. The ban still holds in Germany.

The Netherlands was always exempt as Apple sought to pursue broader claims there, largely because the country’s ports are where many technology companies import their goods into the EU.

The Dusseldorf court where the injunction was lodged had lifted the ban until a court hearing later this month. Samsung rejects the allegations and independent observers say Apple is ‘over reaching.’

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