Samsung has been dealt another knock blow in its ongoing patent wars with Apple as the Cupertino company is awarded a preliminary injunction banning the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 from sale in all EU countries.
Following the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the smartphone defining Galaxy Nexus, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the latest of the Korean firm's devices to be targeted by Apple's seemingly ruthless patent lawyers.
Although previously barred from sale in German markets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 ban has been rolled out across the rest of mainland Europe with Samsung set to face hefty fines if the product is not removed from retailer's shelves and online outlets.
The European injunction is said to have been brought into place despite UK courts earlier this month declaring the Galaxy Tab 7.7, along with its raft of Samsung tablet siblings, did not infringe on Apple's patents.
"If Samsung sells the 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab in the EU, Apple can go to the German courts and request sanctions against the Korean firm," Florian Mueller of Foss Patents told Tech Radar. "The courts will then have the power to fine Samsung, and in a very extreme case, even imprison its management."
Mueller added: "In the case of sales in Britain, the UK authorities will not take action against Samsung if it continues to sell the tablet, but the German courts could still issue fines as the Tab 7.7 is being sold in an EU country."
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