Apple denied Samsung Galaxy sales ban in Dutch court

Summary:Apple's appeal to have Samsung's Galaxy tablets banned in the Netherlands was shot down today. Can the two giants now call it a truce in the region?

Apple today lost its appeal to have Samsung's Galaxy tablets banned in the Netherlands.

The Cupertino-based technology giant sued Samsung at a court in The Hague as part of efforts to impose a sales injunction on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the region. But the appeals court confirmed the lower court's ruling and denied Apple's request again.

Apple and Samsung have been embroiled in acrimonious legal battles for over nine months.

Apple initially brought a suit against Samsung over claims its iPad design patents were infringed by Samsung's Galaxy tablet. The Korean electronics giant countersued, claiming Apple had infringed its networking patents. Since then, the kerfuffle has continued to spread to over 30 cases in 10 different jurisdictions.

In October last year, Samsung itself lost a bid to have Apple's products banned in the Netherlands. Since the Dutch courts denied both cases as of today's ruling, perhaps the Netherlands will be one battleground both Samsung and Apple can call it a draw?

Image credit: CNET/CBS News.


Topics: Enterprise Software, Apple, Samsung


Zack Whittaker is a writer-editor for ZDNet, and sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. His PGP key is: EB6CEEA5.

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