Samsung has decided to sell Galaxy S2 smartphones that have been stripped of patented technologies Apple claims it has stolen. In August, a district court in the Netherlands ruled that Samsung infringed Apple’s patented photo-flicking technology. The court ruled that Samsung infringed Apple’s patented photo-flicking technology. That function makes images on a smartphone seem like they are bouncing on a spring when being flipped over. The Samsung’s smartphones that went on sale this month do not have this function. LG and Pantech also got rid of this function on their smartphones, apparently because Google, which developed the Android OS, did not want to become embroiled in a legal battle with Apple and deleted it from its latest OS called Gingerbread.
As a result, Samsung will be able to continue selling its Galaxy S2 smartphones in the Netherlands as it got rid of the disputed technologies before the sales ban that goes into effect. The steps Samsung has taken have made it difficult for Apple to file patent-infringement suits in other countries using the photo-flicking function as a weapon.