Apple blocks Samsung from selling Galaxy in EU

Apple has won a preliminary injunction blocking the sale of Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab fondleslab across almost all of the European Union.

This is the second big setback for Samsung, which has been locked in a battle with Apple over smartphones and tablets patents since April. Apple has won a preliminary injunction blocking the sale of Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab fondleslab across almost all of the European Union.

The Samsung tablet went on sale in Britain just last week. According to a Google Translation of a report from German news agency dpa, the Regional Court of Dusseldorf has granted Apple an injunction against the sale and marketing of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 everywhere in Europe save the Netherlands.

Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet confirmed that a district court in Dusseldorf, Germany, granted the preliminary injunction. Apple said that Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets "slavishly" copied the iPhone and iPad. It has sued in the United States, Australia and elsewhere. Samsung has countersued Apple.   

Galaxy products use Google’s Android operating system, which directly competes with Apple's mobile software.