A big legal win in the tablet battle for iPad maker Apple.
It got a German court to temporarily block the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tablet 10.1 in the European Union – on the basis that it is a “slavish” copy of the iPad.
Samsung has denied the charges and has countersued.
Apple is suing the Korean firm in multiple countries, including the US, and recently won a similar ruling blocking sales in Australia in a patent dispute.
Samsung is Apple’s nearest – but distant – rival in the table market.
Industry watchers estimate more than 25 million iPads will be sold this year, while Samsung – which is the world’s biggest technology company in terms of revenues – is on track to sell 7.5 million Galaxy tablets.
At the same time as the Samsung complaint, Apple reportedly filed one against Motorola’s Xoom tablet computer.
This all part of a web of litigation among technology companies particularly over who owns what patents for tablets and smartphones as rivals fight it out for dominance in that fast growing market.