With Dutch court putting ban on Samsung products over patent issues, Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) managed to secure another victory in its international fight with Samsung. The Dutch court found Samsung guilty of breaching Apple’s patent related to a way to navigate images with help of a touchscreen. Under the verdict, Galaxy products operating on Android 2.2.1 or later and not using Samsung’s own proprietary photo gallery software will be applicable for a sales ban. This is the second lawsuit that Samsung has forfeited in the Netherlands over the same patent in a span of two years.
The patent concerned covers Apple’s iOS products allowing users to scroll past the edge of a zoomed-in picture to see a quick look of the next in a sequence of images. Samsung initially used the feature in some of its Galaxy products, however, the company’s own proprietary photo gallery feature replaces it with a blue flash highlighting the rim of an image. Samsung said it stopped shipping infringing products in August, 2011.
During the plea hearing in September, Samsung had mentioned that since the last court ruling, it has been using its own technology in all its products in the Netherlands. Samsung has, however, failed to prove itself in the court, resulting in annoyance among the judges.
The court has ruled that if Samsung decides to continue infringing on the patent, it would subject to a penalty of $129,000 each day it is in infringement of the sales ban. Samsung has expressed disappointment in the court’s verdict. Apple has not yet responded to requests to comment.
The Court of The Hague has of late ruled that Samsung does not breach on any Apple multi-touch patent in another Dutch litigation between the companies. The court is slated to rule another case between the two in a case concerning tablet design rights in January.