Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7 Facing Ban in Germany After Apple Wins Second Injunction (Report)


Apple claims that the tablet computer line copies its iPhone and iPad devices.

The latest model in Samsung's Galaxy Tab line of tablet computers is facing a ban in Germany after Apple won a second injunction blocking sales in the European nation.

The company has pulled its recently unveiled Galaxy Tab 7.7 out of the IFA consumer-electronics show in Berlin following a Dusseldorf court ruling Friday granting Apple's request to ban sales and marketing of the product, Bloomberg reported.

The ruling may cost Samsung sales of up to half a million units this year, Strategy Analytics estimated.

“Samsung respects the court’s decision,” a Samsung spokesman said, although the company believes it “severely limits consumer choice in Germany.”

The Samsung rep added that the company is considering legal action and other options as it looks to get the ruling overturned.

A rep for Apple, which claims that the Galaxy devices copy its iPhone and iPad, had no immediate comment.

The fight between Apple and Samsung is ongoing. Last month, a court granted Apple a temporary sales ban on the earlier Galaxy Tab 10.1 model in 26 of the 27 European Union countries.

On Friday, Samsung shares fell 0.3 percent to 769,000 won in Seoul trading, Bloomberg reported.