Apple and Samsung have been in the heat of an intense legal battle across several countries, but it looks like Apple has taken the upper hand. We recently heard that Samsung had decided not to sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet in Australia due to the legal issues with Apple. This time around, the tablet has been blocked from being sold in Europe, giving us a clear sign that things are tipping in Apple’s favor.
The issue originally started when the iPhone maker accused Samsung of “slavishly copying” the iPhone and iPad design, and that the Korean manufacturer lacked any originality or innovation. Samsung returned fire by suing Apple for infringing on several wireless patents. The two had been going at it since then, and it looks like Apple just might come away on top.
For now, an injunction has been placed against Samsung in importing its Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android to Europe. And until the legal matters are resolved, which could take several months or longer, the Korean manufacturer will have to wait on bringing its flagship tablet to the old world.
Sadly for Samsung, Apple’s injunction is going to severely harm the company’s financial outlook. The device is now blocked across Europe, Australia, and Apple is currently attempting to block the import of all Galaxy devices into the US.
For the sake of those wanting the tablet in the blocked countries, let’s hope that this legal matter gets resolved quickly. Otherwise, it’s going to be a long year for Samsung and its users.