Apple wants Europe to ban all Samsung smartphones and tablets

Apple's legal fight with Samsung has entered yet another round today. As reported by, Apple has now filed a new injunction that would ban the sale of all of Samsung's smartphones and tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 7, throughout the countries of the European Union. The smartphones included in Apple's injunction include the Galaxy Ace, the Galaxy S, and the Galaxy S II. All of these devices uses Google's Android operating system.

Apple filed the new injunction at a district court in The Hague. If the court grants the injunction, Apple wants Samsung to send a letter to retailers and distributors to remove its smartphones and tablets from stores within 14 days. For its part, Samsung has issued a statement saying, "Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business."

Apple has claimed that Samsung's smartphone and tablet designs and their user interfaces violate Apple's patents for devices like the iPhone and iPad. Earlier in August, a court in Germany banned the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 through all of Europe except the Netherlands. Earlier this week, that ban was overturned by another court decision saying that the German court ruling should apply only to Germany and not to the rest of Europe. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still banned for sale in Australia thanks to a similar injunction filed by Apple earlier this summer and agreed to by a court in that country.

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