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Samsung Says U.K. Won’t Be Affected by Galaxy Smartphone Ban

Despite a Dutch court decision yesterday that granted Apple a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s range of Galaxy smartphones, Samsung has confirmed that the U.K. is not affected by the ban.

The lawsuit applies to Samsung’s Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Ace smartphones, which allegedly infringe a particular patent covering a “portable electronic device for photo management.” Samsung has just 7 weeks to cease sales of its Galaxy range, but according to the Korean company, sales can continue to go ahead in the U.K.

In a statement issued to TechRadar, 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.

“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.”

That means that you can still purchase Samsung’s awesome new Galaxy S II handset — currently the company’s flagship smartphone — and the white model when that finally hits the U.K.

The Samsung spokesperson also said that with the design infringement claims being dismissed, there is proof Samsung is “innovative”:

“Today’s ruling is an affirmation that the Galaxy range of products is innovative and distinctive.”

We fear the ongoing spat between Apple and Samsung regarding the current Galaxy smartphones and tablets may last a little longer yet, but of course, all Samsung has to do to put an end to the whole fiasco is change the way in which users browse their photo galleries on Samsung’s devices.

Should Samsung roll over and make changes to its devices, or should it continue to fight Apple’s lawsuits?

[via TechRadar]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...