Apple Succeeds in Further Banishment of Samsung Galaxy Products in Europe

On Wednesday, a Netherlands judge effectively determined that Samsung must be barred from selling a variety of models of its Galaxy smartphones due to potential infringement upon an Apple patent.

Although Apple filed several complaints regarding several patents, the court, however, acknowledged a potential violation of just one of those patents – a patent related to viewing of photos on a touchscreen phone.

As Samsung was quick to assert following the announcement, other patent infringement claims made by Apple were rejected – at least for now.

“Today’s ruling is an affirmation that the Galaxy range of products is innovative and distinctive,” Samsung said in a formal statement. “With regard to the single infringement cited in the ruling, we will take all possible measures including legal action to ensure that there is no disruption in the availability of our Galaxy smartphones to Dutch consumers.”

Still, no matter which way you slice it, today’s ruling is bad news for Samsung, as the company’s Netherlands-based subsidiaries will no longer be able to sell its products in the Netherlands, the U.K., France, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Lichtenstein, Luxemburg, Monaco, Sweden, and Switzerland “until the infringement is addressed further in court.”

A spokesman for Apple would only comment that Apple will not comment.