Samsung: Apple gave us "no notice" of injunction

Galaxy Tab banned from sale before Samsung could respond

Samsung reports it had no opportunity to defend itself from injunction.

After hearing yesterday that Apple had brought an injunction against Samsung which resulted in their Galaxy Tab 10.1 being taken off the shelves, Samsung have released a statement claiming Apple's move came as a complete shock.

"Samsung is disappointed with the court's decision and we intend to act immediately to defend our intellectual property rights through the ongoing legal proceedings in Germany and will continue to actively defend these rights throughout the world." Said a spokesperson speaking to CNET.

"The request for injunction was filed with no notice to Samsung, and the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung."

The injunction was granted by a judge in Germany and is binding across the EU, with the exception of the Netherlands, in which Apple is already pursuing further legal action against Samsung.

Apple have since claimed in support of the injunction that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 "blatantly" copies the iPad and iPhone design: "It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging." Said an Apple spokesperson. "This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."

Samsung will be able to appeal the judge's decision in Germany in a month's time.