Chalk one more up to Apple in the patent war against Samsung. Temporarily, at least.
Wednesday, the judge hearing Apple's request for an injunction against Samsung phones and tablets in the Netherlands decided three of those phones violate an Apple patent covering photo management. As such, he ruled those phones cannot be imported into Europe as of Oct. 15.
Specifically, Judge E.F. Brinkman said that Samsung's Galaxy S, SII and Ace phones, which run Android 2.3, violate Apple's patent. The import ban applies to the Netherlands and to other European countries where Apple has registered the patent, according to Digital Trends. Further, the judge found that Android 3.0 does not violate Apple's patent. If Samsung can upgrade the phones in question to version 3.0, it can get around the import ban.
The decision comes shortly after a similar ban ordered by a German court was lifted from every European country other than Germany. As writer Geoff Duncan points out, if this injunction sticks, it could give Apple an opportunity to go after others that build handsets for Android-based phones.
Having just announced its intention to purchase Motorola, I'm betting Google will be Apple's biggest target.