Dutch court orders Apple to pay Samsung damages over patent

AMSTERDAM Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:27pm EDT

An employee of South Korean mobile carrier KT holds a Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet (R) and Apple Inc's iPad tablet as he poses for photos at a registration desk at KT's headquarters in Seoul August 10, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

An employee of South Korean mobile carrier KT holds a Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet (R) and Apple Inc's iPad tablet as he poses for photos at a registration desk at KT's headquarters in Seoul August 10, 2011.

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch court ordered Apple Inc to pay damages to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over a patent violation in the Netherlands, the latest twist in the global legal battle waged by the two rival phone and computer makers.

Apple and Samsung have been suing each other in about a dozen countries for the last few years as they compete globally for consumers in the fast-growing markets for smart phones and tablet computers.

The U.S. company has accused Samsung of "slavishly" copying the iPhone and iPad tablet through products that run on Google's Android software. The Korean firm has counter-sued with claims accusing Apple of infringing its patents.

A court in The Hague ruled Apple had violated a Samsung patent used in some of Apple's phones and tablet computers to connect to the Internet, and said damages should be based on certain iPhone and iPad sales in the Netherlands.

The violation applies to iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4 and iPad 1 and 2, the court said.

Damages should be based on Dutch sales figures since August 4, 2010, which the court said was the date when Apple could have known it was violating Samsung's patent.

A Samsung spokeswoman said she did not know whether the ruling had any international implications, nor did she know how much money Samsung would ask for.

An Apple spokesman had no immediate comment.

The Dutch court dismissed three other patent infringements claimed by Samsung.

Apple has a complex relationship with Samsung, a conglomerate that makes computer chips, Galaxy smartphones and televisions.

While Samsung's smartphones and tablet computers run on Android and compete with Apple's products, Samsung is also a key components supplier to Apple.

(Reporting by Gilbert Kreijger and Bart Meijer; Editing by David Holmes)

(The photo attached to this story earlier has been removed as it was not related to the Dutch court order)

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chrlormil wrote:
The patent in question is a FRAND patent, meaning it must be licensed under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.

Samsung cannot impose a ban on sales or import of Apple’s devices but now Apple has to pay for a license to use the technology.

Jun 20, 2012 10:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MATX wrote:
So, the inventor of the rectangle lost to the people who actually patent technology. Who could’ve possibly seen this coming?

Jun 20, 2012 9:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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