Apple Wants All Samsung Galaxy Devices Out of Europe

August 19, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple seems to hold a grudge against Samsung, and a whole lot of their activities imply that. The quick ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the European countries, by a German court upholding Apple’s complaints, could be seen as a result of that grudge. Though the ban didn’t stand, Apple has no plans on giving up. They have lodged a complaint in The Hague district court, wanting Galaxy devices to be completely taken out of the European markets.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 looks like iPad 2; this is one of the complaints raised by Apple. But the bigger picture is this: Apple wants the entire series of Galaxy devices blocked.

Yes, all of the Galaxy S and S II, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Tab 7 and 10.1, apart from Nexus, Geo, Europa, Apollo, 551 and Mini. That includes manufacturing, trading, selling, distribution and import by Samsung Korea and their Dutch arms.

According to Computerworld, Apple also wants a complete recall of Samsung stock from European distributors and resellers and compensate retailers for their purchase and shipping costs.

Besides, Samsung has been requested to include a letter to their clients stating that if they do not comply, they will also be breaking Apple’s rights.

The court will rule on the patent issue on September 15th, and any upheld injunctions will take effect after October 13. This seems to be Apple’s way to bring down any competition. And, this sure is an issue huge enough to have a massive impact on the European markets.

What do you think of the whole issue?


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