Samsung has had a setback over its Galaxy Tab.
A German court has upheld an injunction sought by Apple, barring it from selling the tablet in the country because it is considered too similar to the iPad.
Galaxy devices are seen as the biggest challengers to the runaway success of Apple’s mobile products.
But the court decision does not prevent sales of existing stock, or ban retailers from obtaining supplies from the parent company, Samsung International.
“Today’s court ruling is a small victory for Apple and buys them time,” said analyst Oliver Roth from Close Brothers Seydler. “For Samsung it means that, internationally, the company will sooner or later assert itself, whether or not the legal fights continue. A competing product will enter the market and Apple can only try to delay this.”
Apple has sued the Korean company over patents in Europe, the US, Asia and Australia. It says Galaxy products “slavishly” copied the iPhone and iPad.
Samsung has counter-sued and can appeal against the German decision.