Will Samsung be banned across US and Europe? In a major blow to Samsung, a US court has termed it a copycat and barred the sale of its 10.1" tablets in the country.
Apple has been claiming that Samsung “slavishly” copies off its products - iPad and iPhone and has been fighting a legal battle in not just the US but in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy in Europe and in Australia.
US District Judge Lucy Koh issued an injunction on the Samsung product in the US stating that “although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products.”
In a response to Samsung's claims that the the decision could affect its sales and profits the judge noted, “one who elects to build a business on a product found to infringe cannot be heard to complain if an injunction against a continuing infringement destroys the business so elected."
Tech blog AllThingsD quoting Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said “It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like he iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user nterface and even the packaging..... This kind of blatant copying s wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect pple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”
Samsung, meanwhile, is expected to appeal the order in a higher court.