updated 12:27 pm EST, Wed November 28, 2012
Dutch court bans sale of Samsung products over patent
Apple secured another victory in its worldwide patent struggle with rival Samsung today, with a Dutch court handing Apple a sales ban on Samsung's Galaxy products due to a patent covering a way to navigate images using a touchscreen. Under the ruling, Galaxy products running Android 2.2.1 or higher and not using Samsung's own proprietary photo gallery software will be subject to a sales ban. This is the second case Samsung has lost in the Netherlands over the same patent in two years.
The patent in question covers the way Apple's iOS devices allow users to scroll past the edge of a zoomed-in photo to see a glimpse of the next in a series of images. Samsung initially used the feature in some of its Galaxy devices, but the company's own proprietary photo gallery software replaces the feature with a blue flash illuminating the edge of an image.
Last year, Samsung lost a similar case over Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Ace. It was that decision that led to Samsung modifying its photo gallery software. Samsung says it stopped shipping infringing products in August of 2011.
The court ordered that, should Samsung continue to infringe on the patent, it would be subject to a penalty of $129,000 per day for every day it is in violation of the sales ban. Samsung expressed disappointment in the court's ruling, while Apple has not responded.