You might recall the complaint Apple submitted to The Hague in the Netherlands recently, ultimately looking to ban any and all Galaxy wares. Well, the judge hath spoken.
Seemingly there were three patents at the core of the complaint, and the judge deemed that Samsung violated one of ‘em. What does that mean for the Galaxy phones? Not a lot, according to Samsung.
Sammie was cleared with regards to patent 2,098,948, which relates to "recording a flag in connection with multiple screen taps," and 1,964,022 for dragging the screen to unlock. Incidentally, the latter is now null and void in the Netherlands, so Apple can’t make any more 1,964,022-related complaints. Boo hoo.
Good old 2,059,868 (you know that one, right?) was a different story, however. It covers a “method of scrolling”, and the Samsung Galaxy S, S II and Ace were all found guilty.
A ban will come into effect on October 13, however Samsung promises to address the software element in question, thus avoiding bannage.
Samsung Mobile's Kim Titus was understandably keen to put a positive spin on things:
“Today's ruling is an affirmation that the GALAXY range of products is innovative and distinctive. 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. Samsung has a proud history of innovation in the mobile industry. We will continue our plans to introduce new products and technologies that meet and exceed consumer expectations. And we will defend our intellectual property rights through the ongoing legal proceedings around the world.”