SERIAL SPORTS SPONSOR Samsung has played a very effective game of catch-up with some of the world’s leading electronics brands producing mobile phones, computers and TVs. It was therefore only a matter of time before its rivals fought back and Samsung this week found itself on the wrong end of legal action from Apple. The iPad creator and currently the world’s largest company gained a preliminary injunction barring Samsung’s Galaxy Tab from sale across Europe. Despite Samsung being a major chip supplier to Apple, the latter effectively put its case that its rival had infringed design rights on the shape, user interface and even packaging of the iPad. Samsung is thought to be planning to appeal but will need to act swiftly to catch the main buying window in the run up to Christmas.