First it was the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and now Apple manages to block the sale of the Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy S II in a total of 32 European countries. This time, the penalty was issued by a Dutch judge for patent infringement.
Two weeks ago, we told you in AppleSupportPhoneNumber how Apple had managed to block sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe, as a result of a decision made by a German judge. Later, that ruling would be effective only in Germany, allowing Samsung to sell its new tablet in that continent. But, dissatisfied with what it had achieved, Apple decided to go for more.
We read on AppleWeblog that, on this occasion, the opinion was taken in the Netherlands, and the result is the ban on selling the South Korean company’s Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy S II phones to a total of 32 European countries . The Dutch judge has taken this decision after finding a patent infringement that has to do with the necessary software that is implemented to take pictures on mobile terminals.
As a result, Samsung is forced to withdraw these two terminals from the market until October 13th , when the judge will make a final decision in favor of Apple or Samsung.
It is unlikely that the balance will tip in favour of Apple, as this would be an unprecedented case of one company annoying another by preventing the sale of a good product. The judge believes that Samsung has infringed a patent and is therefore in this situation. What is clear is that Apple has taken it seriously with Samsung , and will try to bleed as much as it can in this tough patent battle.
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