In a bad week for Apple, co-founder Steve Jobs has resigned, share prices in the company have fallen and its most recent court battle with Samsung has not resulted in the sweeping victory it might have hoped for.
Earlier this week, a district court in the Hague dismissed all but one of Apple’s claims for patent infringement and also dismissed other claims that a number of Samsung devices copied its designs.
While the ruling in respect of Apple’s one successful claim could effectively prevent Samsung from selling the current versions of its Galaxy devices - including the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Ace - in several European Countries, the ruling relates only to the devices’ photo management application - meaning that Samsung could simply produce the devices without the application in question.
Samsung has adopted a defiant stance, announcing that it 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. The ruling is not expected to affect sales in other European markets”.Given that Samsung now has several weeks to update its software before the injunction comes into force, perhaps this stance is unsurprising.
With the iPhone 5 launch just months away, it remains to be seen how this latest blow will affect one of the world’s wealthiest companies.