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Apple Secures Ban on Sales of Some Samsung Phones in Europe

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Apple has secured a new ban on Samsung products in Europe this time three models of its Galaxy range of smatphones from a Dutch court. Unlike the overturned court order in Germany, the Dutch ban does not affect Samsung's tablets.

The injunction specifically prohibits sale of devices by three of the company's Dutch subsidiaries to the UK, France, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Lichtenstein, Luxemburg, Monaco, Sweden and Switzerland. The affected phones are the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Ace.

The decision is significant as the company uses the Netherlands as its main European distribution hub, so legal action there can affect its sales elsewhere.

Apple is alleging that Samsung had infringed a patent that covers how a photo is displayed on a touchscreen phone. The judge however rejected claims that Samsung has also copied its general designs.

In a statement to the BBC, Samsung said "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.

"This ruling is not expected to affect sales in other European markets," the statement added, which seems to contradict expectations that the distribution will be disrupted, even if sales are technically possible.

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