Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 pulled from sale

We had the big launch of the Wi-Fi model, with the 3G model reported to be on its way this week. But now it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet could be facing a rather abrupt end in the UK.

The tablet has been pulled from sale in Europe. We're not talking mainland Europe either, we mean the Europe that includes the UK. It's all down to an order in a German court that has wider implications.

The Pocket-lint website quotes the Daily Telegraph, which reports: 'The Regional Court of Dusseldorf has granted Apple a preliminary injunction against the sale and marketing of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 across all of Europe except the Netherlands. It is possible to apply for a pan-European injunction in any country which, if upheld, covers all of the EU. The judge backed Apple’s claim that Samsung’s tablet infringed on its patents and copied elements of the iPad 2.'

Samsung, as you might have gathered, is far from happy with this decision: 'Samsung is disappointed with the court’s decision and we intend to act immediately to defend our intellectual property rights through the ongoing legal proceedings in Germany and will continue to actively defend these rights throughout the world.'

'The request for injunction was filed with no notice to Samsung, and the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung. We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung’s innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers 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.'

Not just a blow for Samsung, but for us, the customer too. We really rated it in review and expected it to be a serious challenger to the iPad in the coming months. If it is pulled from the shelves for a long period of time, especially over the Christmas period, Samsung will be hit where it really hurts - on the balance sheet.

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