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Thursday, August 25, 2011

TECH NEWS: Apple wins ban on some Samsung smartphone sales!!


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By Greg Roumeliotis and Gilbert Kreijger, AMSTERDAM, Reuters / Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:26pm EDT.

Employees of South Korean mobile carrier KT hold an Apple Inc's iPhone 4 (L) smartphone and a Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S smartphone as they pose for photographs at a registration desk at KT's headquarters in Seoul, in this picture illustration taken April 22, 2011. REUTERS/Truth Leem
Employees of South Korean mobile carrier KT hold an Apple Inc's iPhone 4 (L) smartphone and a Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S smartphone as they pose for photographs at a registration desk at KT's headquarters in Seoul, in this picture illustration taken April 22, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Truth Leem.

(Reuters) - Apple won an injunction in a Dutch court on Wednesday to stop Samsung Electronics from marketing three smartphone models in some European countries after alleging a breach of patents.
Apple and Samsung are locked in a bruising patent fight in the United States, Europe and Asia, as they jostle for the top spot in the smartphone market after Nokia, the market leader for a decade, was ousted in the second quarter.
Apple, which has conquered the high end of the phone market with its iPhone, argued that Samsung had infringed on three of its patents. The court ruled that Samsung smartphones Galaxy S, S II and Ace breached just one of Apple's patents.
The Apple patent allows for a certain method of scrolling or browsing through photos in some Samsung smartphones, the court added.
"It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging," Apple said in a statement.
The court dismissed all other demands by Apple, saying there were no violations of two other Apple patents, no violations for Samsung's tablet computers Galaxy Tab, and no violations of model rights. And there was no "slavish style copying," the court added.
The patent violation could be solved by making technical changes in the smartphones, the court said in its ruling. This would then allow the sale of the smartphones.



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