A German court has temporarily lifted a restriction today that was preventing Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 from being sold throughout most of Europe. The initial sales injunction was enacted last week because of a suit filed by Apple, which claimed that Samsung’s tablet was essentially a copycat to Apple’s successful iPad tablet.
The timing of this news coincides with some interesting news making the rounds yesterday regarding Apple’s court filings. Again it was the Webwereld site with news; this time suggesting that Apple misled the courts by offering altered images of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. In the filed documents, the pictures of both the iPad and Galaxy Tab appear to be the same size. In reality, the Galaxy Tab uses a different sized screen and aspect ratio than Apple’s tablet.
However, the temporary lifting of the sales injunction appears more likely to do with the court’s jurisdiction and the two actual entities that Apple named in the suit. According to Florian Mueller’s FOSS blog, the two are Samsung’s German subsidiary and the actual parent company, Samsung, which is based in South Korea. Mueller suggests that the German court can only enforce injunctions against the local subsidiary, which may not carry over to all other EU countries, and not against Samsung itself.