NEW YORK, (
got stung by Dutch court as
won an injunction against the sale of Galaxy phones Wednesday, intensifying the patent battle between the two phone makers.
For the second time in a month, a European court has sided with Apple in its claims of patent infringement against Samsung. The court has banned Samsung from selling the Galaxy S, Galaxy S 2 and the ACE, according to a
report. Samsung succeeded in lifting the earlier injunction in Germany while the case progresses.
Apple and Samsung have been suing and counter-suing over patents this year, and analysts say the latest sales ban may help speed up the negotiations and bring the two parties together in a settlement.
"This preliminary injunction in the Netherlands and the injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab in Germany two weeks ago increases the likelihood of a global settlement between Apple and Samsung," said RBC analyst Mike Abramsky.
Apple is eager to protect its design distinction as well as the multi-touch screen navigation that has helped transform the smartphone market.
For its part,
has made a $12.5 billion deal for
largely to acquire the 17,000 patents the company can use as Apple picks off Android phone makers.
Apple shares were mostly unchanged Wednesday, closing up 0.69% at $376.18.
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