German Court Bans Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Sale

It looks like it would be rough sailing for Samsung‘s still unreleased Galaxy Tab 7.7, at least in Germany.

A German court has granted Apple Inc a new temporary injunction in connection with its ongoing patent fight against Samsung, prompting the Korean electronics giant to pull out its newest tablet computer from the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin, Germany. The order, approved by a Dusseldorf regional court on September 2, prohibits Samsung from selling and marketing its tablet computers in Germany. A Samsung official, James Chung, said the Korean company will respect the court’s decision, but will seek all remedies available. Chung, however, said that the injunction will affect tablet computer consumers in Germany, as it “severely limits consumer choice.”

The patent battle stemmed from Apple’s claim that the Galaxy tablet series’s design was copied from the American company’s popular iPhone and iPad, which is considered the leader in the emerging tablet market. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple’s iPad cornered a 69 percent market share in the first quarter of the year, while Samsung took 16 percent.