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Apple Wins Dutch Ban on Samsung Galaxy Products

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South Korean firm has already formed a workaround for the infringement.

Due to patent infringement, a Dutch court has ruled in Apple's favor in its court case battle against Samsung, subsequently ordering the ban of certain Galaxy tablets and smartphones.

The ban applies to older Android-powered products that make use of an Apple-patented method for scrolling through images in a photo gallery via the utilization of a touch screen.

According to the Dutch court, such products relates to Samsung's Galaxy devices that has versions 2.2.1 and higher which don't use the South Korean company's updated "blue flash" photo gallery technology.

Patent expert Florian Mueller explained that the ban won't completely see Samsung being forced out of business in the Netherlands. He said the technology giant has created a workaround for the infringement.

"Samsung has already done all the work necessary to work around this injunction. It made that effort last year after the preliminary injunction that today was converted into a permanent one," Mueller said. "Instead of a bounce-back in the photo gallery, there's a "blue flash", which the court recognises to be a valid workaround. Also, there won't be any impact on product sales."

Either way, should Samsung fail to comply with the ruling, it will be forced to pay a penalty of $129,000 every day to Apple.

 

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    eternalkp , November 29, 2012 3:26 PM
    unbelievable
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    yarmock , November 29, 2012 3:27 PM
    Quote:
    The ban applies to older Android-powered products that make use of an Apple-patented method for scrolling through images in a photo gallery via the utilization of a touch screen.


    Seriously? They got a patent to SCROLL THROUGH YOUR PHOTO LIBRARY ON A TOUCHSCREEN PHONE???? Who approved this?
  • 24 Hide
    NightLight , November 29, 2012 3:31 PM
    they will just come over the border and buy it here in Belgium

    I hope that judgement gets overturned.
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  • 27 Hide
    eternalkp , November 29, 2012 3:26 PM
    unbelievable
  • 25 Hide
    yarmock , November 29, 2012 3:27 PM
    Quote:
    The ban applies to older Android-powered products that make use of an Apple-patented method for scrolling through images in a photo gallery via the utilization of a touch screen.


    Seriously? They got a patent to SCROLL THROUGH YOUR PHOTO LIBRARY ON A TOUCHSCREEN PHONE???? Who approved this?
  • 23 Hide
    computernerdforlife , November 29, 2012 3:28 PM
    I wish I could blue flash Apple with my a**.
  • 24 Hide
    NightLight , November 29, 2012 3:31 PM
    they will just come over the border and buy it here in Belgium

    I hope that judgement gets overturned.
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    keither5150 , November 29, 2012 3:33 PM
    Can't Samsung just apologize like Apple did.
    BTW GN2 is the greatest.
  • 16 Hide
    keither5150 , November 29, 2012 3:35 PM
    Pretty soon the masses will hate apple too. We in the tech world are just ahead of the curve. Call us early adopters maybe?
  • 23 Hide
    freggo , November 29, 2012 3:39 PM
    If Apple could patent breathing they would...
  • 9 Hide
    Jerky_san , November 29, 2012 3:40 PM
    I feel like I'm in bizarro world where logic is the opposite..
  • 20 Hide
    tiret , November 29, 2012 3:42 PM
    go away apple, let me enjoy my superior Samsung products in peace. tired of your sheep asking me how to install jewels or how to navigate with their icrap.
  • 5 Hide
    tiret , November 29, 2012 3:44 PM
    ever wonder why Samsung and Gangnam style come from the same country???
  • 14 Hide
    keither5150 , November 29, 2012 3:44 PM
    There are many reasons to hate apple. From "you are holding it wrong" to doctoring photos and submitting them to the courts as factual evidience. Apple should have been heavily fined for that. They started this thing about banning products and not just winning the judgement. @ sneakysnake. Sure we would cheer. Samsung is moving the industry forward, not trying to stop inovation. Apple doesn't have a friend in the tech world. Is you $120 worth of apps worth it to stay with such a company. BTW you are probably holding it wrong.
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    bustapr , November 29, 2012 3:47 PM
    Ifthese injunctions were becausevof some important tech patent, is be in apple's favor. But this injunction is not because of some important tech patent. It's because of the way these phones scroll through images. if anything apple looks pathetic trying to ban products for such things that are as insignificant to sales as this.
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    sulanis , November 29, 2012 3:49 PM
    THis is absolutely insane, i can't believe Billion $ companies are fighting over stupid shit like this, when there is millions of poeple that have to chose what bills to pay and what bills to put off. While these companies spend Millions on a retarded scrolling features...

    This is exactly why i don't buy Apply products, they sue other companies over the silliest things. Not to mention Apple is voiding there bowels where they eat, samsung makes 90% of the chips inside there products..
  • 3 Hide
    Usersname , November 29, 2012 4:10 PM
    Capitalism...Ah, what wonderfully gooey, warm feelings it generates in all consumers.
    Patents, the presents those consumers deserve.
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    Usersname , November 29, 2012 4:18 PM
    sulanis...This is exactly why i [sic] don't buy Apply [sic] products, they sue other companies over the silliest things. Not to mention Apple is voiding there [sic] bowels where they eat, samsung [sic] makes 90% of the chips inside there [sic] products..
    Apple did not invent patent litigation. You, possibly, are not old enough to remember when MS used to be the master of litigation. Now, Apple is the latest company everyone loves to "hate". How stupid wasting emotions like hate on an insentient business.
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    chewy1963 , November 29, 2012 4:23 PM
    It just makes me sick that decisions like this are put forth as fair. How much did it cost Apple to get this decision?
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    clonazepam , November 29, 2012 4:26 PM
    keither5150Can't Samsung just apologize like Apple did. BTW GN2 is the greatest.

    Thanksgiving gettogether was fun. Nobody had iPhones to compare, so we all had to whip out our Android smartphones and blackberries and compare photo quality, screen size, connection quality, etc. I use a 1 yr old moto droid bionic, and I was impressed with the Samsung Galaxy N2. It's too bad those folks have a system in place to limit their choices.
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    obiown77 , November 29, 2012 4:37 PM

    I wouldn't be surprised if apple is paying off the legal system in these countries, maybe not all, but a few of them for sure.

    Of all the world's government corruption, alot of the powerful ones are in the courts.
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    keither5150 , November 29, 2012 5:03 PM
    Anyone else feel that Apple targeting Samsung is fantastic advertising for Samsung. Maybe HTC, who also makes a great product, should piss off Apple. Maybe their shares would go up. @clonazepam. you really need to use a Note 2 for a while to appreciate how great it is.
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