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08-24-2011, 01:35 PM #1
Judge Bans Sale of Galaxy S Phones in Europe
Apple has struck another blow to the gut of Samsung's mobile division. A Dutch judge awarded Apple a preliminary injunction preventing the sale of Samsung Galaxy S phones in Europe.
The ban covers three phones and would take effect October 15 in the Netherlands, Ireland, the UK, Switzerland, Germany, and Sweden. The ban wont extend to other EU member states as Apple failed to pay the administrative costs needed to make the patent valid in those countries according to FOSS Patents. Also, missing from the ban is Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablets, a small win for Samsung.
The court ordered ban of sales does more than cutoff sales in those countries, it successfully dirupts Samsung's ability to ship their phones to neighboring countries. A major hub in Samsung's distribution network is the Netherlands, Samsung now must find alternate routes, or ship the devices directly to neighboring countries not mentioned in the ban.
It appears Apple's ability to patent everything that iPhone does from the device's physical appearance to user interface is going to pay off handsomely. However, the injunction only covers infringments made by Android 2.3, the companies would simply need to load their phones with Android 3.0 to null the injunction.
Source: FOSS Patents
Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 08-24-2011 at 01:37 PM.
08-24-2011, 02:02 PM #2
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08-24-2011, 02:23 PM #4
For anyone that says this is stupid please let us know what YOU have invented, hold patents on and are trying to protect. If your answer is none then you have no right to pass judgement.
08-24-2011, 02:32 PM #5
But I guess it is easier to sensationalize to get an audience than to report the entire story.
08-24-2011, 02:43 PM #6
Last edited by XFaega; 08-24-2011 at 02:47 PM.
08-24-2011, 02:43 PM #7
[Update] Judge: Only the Gallery Infringement Claim is Valid, Samsung Will Continue to Sell Phones Pending Application Update. [Update] Judge: Only the Gallery Infringement Claim is Valid, Samsung Will Continue to Sell Phones Pending Application Update
08-24-2011, 03:00 PM #8
Patent wars are stupid to begin with, rather than innovate and bring products which attract customers, companies like Apple and others would rather sue competitors in order to block their products from reaching an audience of those looking for alternatives. Even more ridiculous is when Apple falsifies information about the competitors' products they claim infringes on theirs, for example, changing image ratios of the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Tablets on the report in order for Samsung's products to be scaled in a way to look more like Apple iPhones and iPads.
08-24-2011, 03:05 PM #9
So is Apple just gonna go from country to country until they get what they want?
It appears Apple's ability to patent everything that iPhone does from the device's physical appearance to user interface is going to pay off handsomely.
I still don't understand why Samsung is the sole target. LG Prada (2006) "looks" like an iPhone, every digital photo frame "looks" like an iPad. I'm delighted the Judge has told Apple their "Slide to Unlock" argument and 9 other arguments are invalid. Maybe this judge can't be bought.
The idea and design of iPhones and iPads isn't Apple's doing. The idea and design of such devices are decades old.
If you can't handle the competition....then sue I guess.
Last edited by feidhlim1986; 08-24-2011 at 03:09 PM.
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08-24-2011, 03:52 PM #11
i said it before let me say it again once ios5 is out android and blackberry will sue the **** out of apple im so glad i sold my iphone and got a android so much better and apple knows it the reason it goes after samsung is because they are partners and that samsung has the biggest and best phone right now suing and blocking only makes apple look even more scared ios5 is way behind other software. removed
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08-24-2011, 04:24 PM #12
08-24-2011, 04:35 PM #13
If you can't beat them then sue them. That should be Apples motto.
08-24-2011, 04:39 PM #14
lol. Blow to the gut? This is a speed bump for Samsung....nothing more. And I wouldn't call the exclusion of the Galaxy Tab a "small win".....that's a very significant win considering what Apple was shooting for.
Typical fanboy post trying to over-glorify every win for Apple and under-glorify wins by anyone else.
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08-24-2011, 05:01 PM #15IF I HELPED PLEASE HIT THANKS
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08-24-2011, 07:53 PM #17
Funny thing is the gallery app is stock Android.