With not a hint of panic or even a smidge of anger, Samsung has offered its first official response to a Dutch court ruling that threatens to ban the sale of Galaxy S and Ace branded handsets in Europe.

Though the preliminary injunction made in The Hague technically only applies to the Netherlands, it had been believed the location of Samsung's European hub in the country would result in a sales block across a total of 32 European countries.

In response, Samsung UK has claimed it will not only fight the ruling, but it will take steps to ensure the sale of its handsets across the continent is not affected.

No stopping Samsung

"Today's ruling is an affirmation that the Galaxy range of products is innovative and distinctive," Samsung UK said in an email to Recombu.

"With regard to the single infringement cited in the ruling, we 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.

"This ruling is not expected to affect sales in other European markets."

History, not histrionics

Samsung's response can only be described as defiant, with the court's ruling – made in reference to one of the three patents Apple claims Samsung has infringed – acting as a catalyst for a bit of corporate chest beating.

"Samsung has a proud history of innovation in the mobile industry," the statement concluded.

"We will continue our plans to introduce new products and technologies that meet and exceed consumer expectations. And we will defend our intellectual property rights through the ongoing legal proceedings around the world."

[source: Recombu]