In spite of the ban placed on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Europe through an injunction, the tablet continues to be sold in Germany by the retailers.
Previously an injunction had been filed against Samsung by the Regional Court of Dusseldorf which banned its Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Europe as the tablet was said to possess designs similar to Apple’s iPad. But even so, sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 continue in Germany and seem to be doing quite well. If you’re wondering how that is possible after the injunction which clearly blocked both the sale and marketing of the product in Europe, then an inside source with Samsung’s European partner gives the answer stating that, “Sales of the Galaxy Tab have been the same as usual as retailers are selling products imported before the decision.”
The news is backed-up by The Financial Times Deutschland, which also reported that Samsung’s latest installment in the tablet PC market continues to be consumed by users in Germany. The reason being that Samsung’s retailers purchased the tablet units before the ban was implemented and as the court only refrains Samsung from exporting and marketing its product, the retailers are free to promote, market and sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 till they run out of stocks. Retail chains are in fact currently selling Samsung’s tablet for 469 euro and are consistently promoting the device.
The Regional Court of Dusseldorf claimed that it will permit to hold a public trial in response to the appeal Samsung insisted on against the Court’s decision. This trial is expected to be carried out on 25th August but until then the injunction of Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban will not be lifted in the European markets and will be maintained till a new understanding is reached. Apple on the other might not be too happy to hear the sales of the product continuing in Germany. But the iPad maker would find itself in a hopeless situation to do anything to stop Samsung Galaxy Tab sales, unless it plans on suing the retailers. And that step is doubtless to be taken by Apple if it wishes to maintain its good terms with the German retailers who happen to be the company’s customers as well.