Apple has won a significant victory against alleged copycat Samsung as a German court granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Tuesday. The injunction was based on claims that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 copied the iPad's design, which is registered with the European Union. The ruling applies immediately in Germany, but Apple could have the injunction granted EU-wide, seriously hampering Samsung's worldwide sales of the Honeycomb-powered device.
Apple originally went after Samsung for "blatantly copying" the hardware and UI designs used in the iPhone and iPad for its Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Among the charges in the original US lawsuit, Apple cited patent infringement, design patent infringement, trademark violation, and trade dress violation.
"Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products," Apple wrote in its complaint.