Three Samsung smartphones slapped with EU ban

Court finds Galaxy S, SII, Ace smartphones violate patents in latest Apple-Samsung spat

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Three Samsung smartphones slapped with EU ban The Samsung Galaxy S, SII and Ace smartphones have been slapped with an EU sales ban as the spat between Apple and Samsung heats up.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  August 25, 2011

Samsung's Galaxy S, SII and Ace smartphones have been slapped with a Europe-wide sales injunction by a Dutch court in the city of The Hague, in the ongoing Apple-Samsung patent battle.

The court found that the Galaxy S, SII and Ace smartphones violate one of three patents being contended by the two electronics company's.

The Rechtbank's-Gravenhage court injunction comes into effect on 13th October, but Samsung's tablet devices have escaped the ban.

The patent violation could be resolved by making technical changes to the smartphones, the court said sales would then be allowed to go forward.

At the center of the disputes are claims and counterclaims of patent infringements on smartphone and tablet designs and copyright issues.

Apple and Samsung are currently embroiled in a series of legal battles over patents in courtrooms spanning the United States, Europe and Asia.

One of Samsung's defences, in the United States legal battle, is based around Stanley Kubrick's ‘2001: Space Odyssey'.

Samsung said in legal filings that Apple's iPad is modelled in part on electronic equipment depicted in the film, and therefore do not qualify as original designs.

The resignation of Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO boosted Samsung shares by 3.4% this morning after rising as much as 4.2% earlier and beating a 1.9% rise in the wider market.

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