The Hague bans all Samsung Galaxy smartphones

The Hague in the Netherlands has taken a leaf out of its Düsseldorf counterpart's book, issuing a ruling against Samsung which will see the company's Galaxy line of smartphones removed from sale throughout the European Union.

The court's ruling, issued today, finds the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Ace guilty of violating a patent held by Apple describing a method for "recording a flag in connection with multiple screen taps," and another for "a method of scrolling" which covers the use of finger motions on a touch-screen device for navigating a series of images.

The Hague's ruling means that all Samsung Galaxy-series smartphones - but not its Galaxy Tab tablet range, strangely, despite an indication in the court's ruling that it also violates Apple patents - will be removed from sale throughout Europe.

The new ruling, which is due to come into effect on the 13th of October, follows the removal of a pan-European ban on Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets after questions were raised about the authority of a regional court in Düsseldorf to issue a cross-EU ban and evidence was uncovered that key images used in Apple's filing had been edited to show a stronger resemblance between the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 than was actually the case.

The court's 65-page ruling is heavy reading - and is written entirely in Dutch, as you might expect - but initial indications look bad for Samsung. Thus far, the company has not responded to our request for comment.


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