A Dutch court ruled Wednesday to ban the sale of three Samsung Galaxy smartphones--but not the Galaxy tablet--marking a victory for Apple in their seemingly never-ending effort to sue their competitors for patent infringement. Because Samsung funnels all of its shipments through the Netherlands, the injunction amounts to a Europe-wide ban, but Samsung doesn't seem too bummed. The injunction won't take effect until October 13 and can be lifted with a software update, as the ruling is based on a single Apple patent related to navigating through images in a photo gallery using a touchscreen. Furthermore, Samsung is having a blast vilifying Apple in the media.
Minutes after the ruling Samsung sounded bubbly about the outcome. "Today's ruling is an affirmation that the Galaxy range of products is innovative and distinctive," the company said in a statement that also brushed away doubts that Samsung would stop them selling their devices in Europe. This angle matches Samsung's recent defense strategy regarding a similar patent infringement case in the U.S., where they've actually accused Apple of borrowing elements of the iPad design from science fiction novels and movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey.