On August 9, Apple Inc. obtained a preliminary injunction order from the Dusseldorf District Court preventing Samsung Electronics from selling certain Galaxy Tab devices. The preliminary injunction cited one alleged design patent violation.
It should be noted that this order does not permanently prevent the sale of the GALAXY Tab 10.1 in Europe, but is a temporary measure imposed by the court until the patent claim is heard. Also, products already distributed to German retailers following the launch on August 5 are not affected by this injunction. (correction: The actual launching date in Germany is August 1st.)
Samsung is preparing to challenge this preliminary order in the court in order to have the injunction lifted as soon as possible.
We will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung's innovative mobile communications devices remain are available to consumers in Europe and around the world.
This decision by the court in Germany in no way influences other legal proceedings filed with the courts in Europe and elsewhere.