Apple lawsuit in Germany has temporarily blocked Samsung from releasing their highly anticipated tablet in European markets. We have it here in the states, but Apple beat Samsung to the punch over in Europe. There will be no official retail channels in all of Europe that can sell the 10.1-inch Samsung tablet, except for the Netherlands. The ruling comes down from a regional court in Dusseldorf, Germany where Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction blocking the sales and advertising of this device.
These patent wars really hurt the companies that lose the prospective sales of their devices due to delays like caused by these kind of suits. The customers, who have been waiting for these devices, also lose. Germany is one country, why is their court decisions pushed in other countries? Well the answer is simple! An organization by the name of the European Union (EU), which is an organization that encompasses most of the European countries, the group governs the rules on trade, goods, services, and agriculture among other things. When a decision is made in regards to something within the scope of the EU, then the other member states of the EU all follow those regulations and injunctions.