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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 banned in Europe

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Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7 has been banned from sale in EU countries after Apple won a preliminary injunction against the device.

The Korean tech giant could face a fine if it attempts to sell the Android tablet in Europe following the Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court's ruling that the device infringes on the design of the iPad.

Florian Mueller of Foss Patents told TechRadar: "If Samsung sells the 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab in the EU, Apple can go to the German courts and request sanctions against the Korean firm.

"The courts will then have the power to fine Samsung, and in a very extreme case, even imprison its management.

"In the case of sales in Britain, the UK authorities will not take action against Samsung if it continues to sell the tablet, but the German courts could still issue fines as the Tab 7.7 is being sold in an EU country."

Apple previously enforced a Europe-wide ban on the larger Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was subsequently lifted in all countries besides Germany when a modified edition of the device was released.

A second ruling by the Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court lifted the ban on the modified Galaxy Tab 10.1N in the territory.

Apple and Samsung agreed to hold peace talks to resolve the increasingly bitter patent dispute between the companies, but they ended in deadlock, with the iPhone maker claiming it is entitled to $2.525 billion (£1.63bn) in damages over allegations its rival copied its designs.

Both of today's court rulings are in their preliminary stages and could change ahead of the final verdict.

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