Last time we talked about the Apple vs. Samsung saga, sales of a specific model Galaxy Tab 10.1 had been halted in Australia. Since Samsung wasn’t actually selling the model that was put on hold, sales of the tablet were unaffected. Today, that’s not the case.
Apple has won a preliminary injunction in Germany (related to design, not patents) that will stop the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 across Europe, with the exception of the Netherlands. It’s important to note that this isn’t final by any means. Samsung can still come back and win even the design related portion of the suit in Germany. Nonetheless, this is bad news for Samsung. Apple will have to file individually to enforce the hold in each European nation, but the injunction is already in effect.
Now that Apple has actually pushed to have Samsung’s products held back from the public, things are going to get dirty. Sales will continue on as normal in the rest of the world (for now), but Europe provides a huge portion of sales to Samsung’s total numbers. And if this is a sign of things to come, the legal team at Samsung still has a long road ahead of them.