Android loses its first patent fight in Europe, Samsung Galaxy S and S2 banned there. Samsung Omnia 7 not banned

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Android has just lost its first patent-related court case, with Samsung’s Samsung Galaxy S, SII and Ace banned in the country for using Android 2.3, which infringes on  Apple’s EP 2.058.868 patent.

The patent is titled "Portable Electronic Device for Photo Management" describes a way to scroll through a photo gallery using finger gestures on a touchscreen.

If Samsung were to upgrade to Android 3.x the issue would be solved, but of course Android is covered with similar pitfalls, meaning there is no guarantee that this problem will disappear so simply.

The Dutch infringement could block the import of all Samsung phones to Europe, since Samsung’s distribution centers are located in the Netherlands.

Samsung’s Windows Phone 7 handsets are of course not affected by this issue, showing for once the very clear advantage of having a properly licensed and patent protected OS.

Read more at Computer World here.

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