Apple’s just gotten another major victory over Samsung in the European Union. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 ha been banned in the European Union. This preliminary injunction prohibits Samsung from shipping any more of the units in that region, and we couldn’t be more confused.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N, a modification of the original to avoid an injunction on the original, was allowed to go on sale after an appeal by Samsung. A judge saw that the new tablet did not infringe on any of Apple’s patents.
There’s no information on why, exactly, Apple was granted this particular victory. It has to be some extremely strong patent for the German Dusseldorf appeals court to shut Samsung’s tablet out of the entire European Union.
It wasn’t made clear whether or not this was the same thing that caused the initial ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but even that wasn’t hit so hard. We’ll be on the lookout for more details. In the meantime be sure to keep any cursing of Apple’s name respectable in the comments section below.