August 25, 2011
European Countries Ban Samsung Galaxy Sales
A number of European countries have banned the selling of three models of Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
A court in the Netherlands handed down the preliminary injunction recently after Apple filed a claim for patent infringement.
Apple claimed Samsung copied technology owned by the company relating to the way photos are displayed on mobile devices.
A district court in the Hague upheld the company's claim concerning the patent that outlines an interface for viewing and navigating photographs on a touchscreen phone.
The judge rejected several other patent issues, as well as Apple's claim that Samsung had stolen many of its design ideas.
The ruling covers the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Ace smartphones.
Samsung said in a statement after the ruling: "Today's ruling is an affirmation that the Galaxy range of products is innovative and distinctive.
"With regard to the single infringement cited in the ruling, we will take all possible measures including legal action to ensure that there is no disruption in the availability of our Galaxy smartphones to Dutch consumers."
The company believes the ruling only directly restricts the sale of Galaxy smartphones in the Netherlands.
"This ruling is not expected to affect sales in other European markets," the statement continued.
Samsung uses the Netherlands to import most of its goods into the European Union.
The interim injunction prohibits sale of devices by three of the company's subsidiaries to the U.K., France, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Sweden and Switzerland.
Samsung's photo management system is part of Google's Android operating system, which suggests Apple could take similar action against other handset manufacturers as well.
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