Samsung's Galaxy S sales ban lifted in parts of Europe

Samsung and Apple's multi-front battle over patent rights have been concluded in at least one part of the world. Reuters reports that a Dutch judge has allowed Samsung's Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and the Ace phone to be sold in parts of Europe once again. This comes after Samsung has made some updates to those phones that lift the patent violations that were first claimed by Apple a couple of months ago.

Back in August, Apple said that Samsung's phones violated a total of 10 patents, including copying the designs of the cases of Apple's iPhone. The judge threw out all but one of the patent claims, which deals with a feature related to scrolling or browsing through a photo library. The judge gave Samsung until October 14 to make sure this feature no longer violates Apple's patent. Samsung has now apparently done so to the satisfaction of the judge with a Samsung spokesperson saying, "We've fixed the technological problem and upgraded products to address the issue. They will be shortly available for sale."

While this battle is apparently over, the patent war between Samsung and Apple continues; Australia's ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet continues. A judge in that case is expected to make a final decision on that ban on Thursday. If it keeps the ban in place, Samsung may abandon plans to sell the device in that country completely. In addition, another court battle in the US between the two companies is expected to be held later this week.

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Zain Adeel said,

Optimus? oh thats LG right?

Optimus Prime is a tansformer not a phone you spaztard

seanseany said,

Optimus Prime is a tansformer not a phone you spaztard

I THINK it was a joke. I read it as:

1) "Bring on the Prime!"
2) "What, Optimus? OH WAIT THAT WOULD BE LG CUZ THEY MAKE A FONE CALLED OPTIMUS LULZ WINK"
1) ~_~

dtboos said,
Good. It was ridiculous in the first place.

The fact they've complied and made changes to stop infringing the patent, shows that they were infringing surely? And it's Apple's right to protect their patents

DomZ said,

The fact they've complied and made changes to stop infringing the patent, shows that they were infringing surely? And it's Apple's right to protect their patents

What it really shows is that they wanted to sell phones and it was the easiest way of doing so at this point...

DomZ said,

The fact they've complied and made changes to stop infringing the patent, shows that they were infringing surely? And it's Apple's right to protect their patents

What else could they do? Also the fact that the complains about the other patents were ignored means they weren't infringing those but just this.

DomZ said,
And it's Apple's right to protect their patents
The patent itself is a joke (the ability to pull the picture stacks apart in the gallery) and should never have been granted in the first place, as it doesn't really fulfill the requirements for patentability. Shame on the EPO for letting this one go through...