Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 not banned in the Netherlands

Europe-wide sales ban not affecting Dutch consumers

Apple pushes for a ban in The Hague, is told to be patient.

After Apple won an injunction against Samsung which prevented the Korean mobile producer from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Europe, the Netherlands escaped the ban through a legal loophole. Apple pushed the case, trying for a separate sales ban in the country, only to have now been told by a court in The Hague that no decision will be reached on the ban until September 15th.

The injunction was the big news last week, with Samsung claiming they had no idea of the move Apple was planning. Samsung's legal department kicked it up a notch, and an appeal date against the injunction was set for August 25th.

According to Apple, the injunction was taken out to protect its intellectual property, which they claim Samsung violated with its Galaxy Tab 10.1. Actually, they weren't as diplomatic as that: "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."

Apple have also sued Samsung in the States and Australia over the alleged copying of its designs, although thus far the ban on sales only extends throughout Europe. We heard last week that Apple also had Motorola in its crosshairs over the not-dissimilar looking Xoom tablet, although so far no-one's mentioning the word "injunction". Could this be the end of Apple's serious competition in the tablet market? More as we hear it.