Earlier today we reported that a German court had ruled in Apple’s favor regarding the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and a preliminary injunction was granted halting all sales and marketing for the device across the European Union. This is a huge blow to Samsung especially because it was selling so well in Europe over the past few weeks breaking all other tablet sales records — iPad 2 aside.
After reaching out to Samsung regarding this entire situation our sister site SlashGear finally received an official response from Samsung that should shed some light for all of you readers — and it doesn’t look like things went down very smooth over in Germany.
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.
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.
We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung’s innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world.
This decision by the court in Germany in no way influences other legal proceedings filed with the courts in Europe and elsewhere.”
According to this official statement not only did Samsung have no idea this was being filed and never received any sort of notice, nor did they get a chance to plead their side of the case either — sounds pretty outrageous to me. This is the first official word we have received regarding this mess and from the looks of things Samsung is not going down without a fight.
Sadly just like we said in the article this morning an appeal could take upwards of 4 weeks to get started so sales could be coming to a very quick halt if something isn’t done soon. Samsung plans to make their product readily available for everyone worldwide, and Europe so we should be hearing more very very soon. What do you guys think, is this Apple playing hard? I’ve heard the term they should innovate, not litigate — what do you readers think?[via SlashGear]