Wireless carrier Vodafone has stopped taking pre-orders for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet device following a ruling by the Regional Court of Dusseldorf, which put a temporary ban on its sales.
The court found that Samsung’s tablet device was infringing on Apple’s patents by copying some of the features of the iPad 2.
According to The Telegraph, Vodafone has started contacting the customers and asking them to cancel their orders as it is widely believed that the temporary injunction will soon become permanent in most European countries.
“We are aware of legal proceedings [and] we're in discussions with Samsung about the position in the UK. In the meantime, we will be suspending pre-orders,” a Vodafone spokesperson said in a statement.
Meanwhile, O2 has also decided not to offer the tablet device to customers, not because the court order but because it has not received Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices from Samsung.
Samsung is expected to appeal against the court’s decision but an outcome might take more than four weeks. Samsung and Apple, long-time business partners, have been locked in a fierce legal fight, with Apple claiming that the company is infringing its iPhone and iPad patents in its Smartphone and tablet devices.