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Samsung Galaxy Smartphones Temporarily Banned in Europe

A Dutch court has temporarily banned Samsung from selling its Galaxy series smartphones in Europe, after Apple managed to win a preliminary injunction against the Korean consumer electronics maker.

Apple had first attacked Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet device in its patent infringement lawsuit but has now decided to go after the smartphones as well.

The Dutch court banned Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Ace smartphones. Owing to a prior ruling Samsung is banned from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Germany.

According to the FOSS Patents blog, the ruling comes after a hearing that took place on August 10 and 11.

The Europe wide bans covers the countries in which the Apple patent is valid. This includes countries like Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

However, many European countries where Apple did not bother to get the patent registered, like Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Italy and Latvia, the ban does not apply.

Also, the ban only prohibits three Samsung subsidiaries in Europe from shipping the devices whereas the parent company is free from such legal obligations. Samsung would have to make significant changes to logistics before it starts selling the devices again.