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Apple has Samsung Galaxy devices banned from sale

Luke Johnson


Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The latest development in the longstanding Apple vs. Samsung patent dispute has seen a number of Samsung Galaxy devices banned from sale in the Netherlands.

Deemed by Dutch courts to have infringed on Apple’s patented technologies, a selection of older Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets are to be removed from sale with Samsung being forced to pay Apple damages for its unlawful use of protected tech.

Although Apple is targeting the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 in other countries, the newly appointed Netherlands sales ban is only applicable to “Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 2.2.1 and above that doesn’t use Samsung’s patented photo gallery software.” A full list of affected products has yet to be confirmed.

With Judge Peter Blok finding a selection of Samsung’s Android powered tablets and handsets to have infringed on an Apple patent covering means of navigating between images in a photo gallery, the Dutch court has ruled that the Samsung Galaxy S3 manufacturer will have to pay the iPhone 5 maker damages based on profits made on the infringing devices.

According to Bloomberg, as well as forcing Samsung to share its detailed profits, the Court of the Hague has ruled that Samsung must pay Apple a hefty 100,000 euro penalty (£80,741) for each and every day it continues to violate the ruling.

Whilst a Samsung spokesperson is said to have announced that the company is “very disappointed with the ruling,” Apple has yet to issue an official statement on the latest development to the ongoing patent saga.

Far from the first time Apple and Samsung have come to loggerheads in Dutch courts, last year the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned from sale in the country with Samsung making minor tweaks to the device in order to ensure its continued shelf life.

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Martin Daler

November 28, 2012, 11:33 pm

I'm just staggered that you can even have a patent on 'turning the page in a photo album'. You would be laughed out of court if it related to a physical photo album, how is it really any different in the analogous situation in software.

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