Apple granted injunction halting EU Galaxy phone sales

A Dutch court has granted a preliminary injunction, filed by Apple, which bans the sale of some Samsung smartphones in the European Union. While the injunction does not relate to the Galaxy Tab line of Samsung tablets, it does prevent the sale of the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Ace Android devices. The decision was made after the hearing held on August 10 and 11.

As FOSS Patents points out, the injunction only applies to countries where one specific European software patent applies. It also does not restrict Samsung’s Korean parent company from distributing devices outside The Netherlands, however this will be difficult due to Samsung using the country as a hub for shipments to the rest of Europe.

The decision will come into effect in seven weeks; however Samsung will no doubt appeal this injunction. Also worthy of note is that FOSS Patents mentions that “at a first look it seems that the court has a skeptical perspective on a couple of the software patents asserted by Apple.”

This is the second preliminary injunction that has been granted in favour of Apple and against Samsung in the EU – the first being the ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 granted by a German court. Since then, the ban has been temporarily lifted as evidence has been reportedly falsified by Apple and Samsung has claimed that the iPad design could be derived from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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This article misses a lot of important details. All of the claims (including all the design and functionality ones) have been dismissed except for using swipe gestures for switching to the next photo in the gallery application. All Samsung and/or Google has to do is make changes to the gallery app and they will be able to continue selling these phones in the EU. If anything this seems like more of a victory for Samsung since it only applies to an app on the phone which is easily changeable vs. the phone design itself.

bl5585 said,
This article misses a lot of important details. All of the claims (including all the design and functionality ones) have been dismissed except for using swipe gestures for switching to the next photo in the gallery application. All Samsung and/or Google has to do is make changes to the gallery app and they will be able to continue selling these phones in the EU. If anything this seems like more of a victory for Samsung since it only applies to an app on the phone which is easily changeable vs. the phone design itself.

Swipe gestures for navigation should not be patentable. It's common sense. It's an idea Joe Blow could have come with. That would be like patenting this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_signals

LaP said,
Swipe gestures for navigation should not be patentable. It's common sense.

I agree. It's the same exact motion you make to turn pages in a book.

dhruva said,
One of these days I'll patent BREATHING (all in all nose mouth or @$$ he he) and i'll let everyone die. Dont breathe its patented.

Patent wouldn't be granted because it is already in the public domain.

ILikeTobacco said,

Patent wouldn't be granted because it is already in the public domain.

Really? Because I am sure putting my finger on the edge of a page and swiping left or right is pretty much something humanity has been doing since before the dark ages. But because it is on a different media, Apple gets a patent on that.

dhruva said,
One of these days I'll patent BREATHING (all in all nose mouth or @$$ he he) and i'll let everyone die. Dont breathe its patented.

Do you even realize what you're rambling about?
Perhaps get some basic comprehension of the situation before allowing garbage to fall out of your mouth...

LOL and since Apple must be doing like 70% profit on their Laptops and Computers, they can keep doing this forever!

I'm glad none of this nonsense goes on in Canada. I have yet to hear anyone try to block sales of anything here... although there may have been one or two with RIM a while ago but I don't remember.

They are still selling the S2 and S series here

But yes this is absolute hogwash and Apple needs to be stopped.

Lulz... Apple files a lawsuit. Apple wins the lawsuit. But Apple is still in the wrong...

Nice logic people. Clearly there is more "Apple-hate" than intelligence here...

Check this editorial on Gizmodo
http://gizmodo.com/5833924/we-...-apple-wins-the-patent-wars

Im still confused to why Samsung is being sued for the software side of things, should that be Google?

While Im not a fan of what Apple is doing, you gotta give them credit, they did come up with some new ideas like the swipe to unlock. on of the patents applies to the way Apple did it directly and it can easily be changed by Google.

wv@gt said,
Check this editorial on Gizmodo
http://gizmodo.com/5833924/we-...-apple-wins-the-patent-wars

"The only infringement claim upheld by the judge concerns patent 2.058.868, which covers scrolling through a collection of photos in full screen, and more specifically, how the photo bounces back after too short a swipe..."

Yep. Gotta give Apple credit.

Im still confused to why Samsung is being sued for the software side of things, should that be Google?

While Im not a fan of what Apple is doing, you gotta give them credit, they did come up with some new ideas like the swipe to unlock. on of the patents applies to the way Apple did it directly and it can easily be changed by Google.


The US tech companys cant accept they not always the best. They behave like small children.
Thats why they are a laughing stock in the rest of the world. They used to be the no 1 market but China have taken that place.

Going to be unpopular on this site, but **** Samsung. Interface was a complete lift and the 2001 reference is grabbing at straws BS.

/also, I don't give a ****

It is meaningless victory for Apple, Samsung just need to push update to their devices before mid-October, replace the Gallery app which is the only part it violated Apple's patent...and that's it. Judge actually stated that 2 of the 3 patents are invalid, which means, Apple essentially lost 2 patents in its portfolio. I guess more like a win for Samsung.

I had a samsung fascinate which was was pretty good (for an android phone) and it kinda was a ripoff of ios any way you slice it.

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