Apple violated Samsung 3G patent: court

Summary:Samsung has won a rare victory against Apple in a patent infringement case that was held in the Netherlands.

Samsung has won a rare victory against Apple in a patent infringement case that was held in the Netherlands.

A court in The Hague has sided with Samsung in a case, which found Apple to have violated a 3G patent belonging to the Korean smartphone giant.

"Samsung welcomes the decision of the court in The Hague, which again confirms that Apple makes free use of our technological innovations. In accordance with this statement, we will recover adequate damages that Apple and its products have caused," Samsung said in a statement.

While figures have yet to be thrown around, it's likely that Samsung will seek a sum worth at least seven-figures, if not more.

However, because the infringed patent is registered under 'fair and reasonable' (FRAND) terms, the court said today that Samsung was no longer allowed to pursue any more sales injunctions against the iPhone and iPad maker, as long as Apple is open to licensing negotiations.

Samsung originally brought the case to The Hague in October 2011, accusing Apple of infringing four 3G networking patents.

A Dutch court, last year, threw out an earlier motion to ban the Apple smartphone and tablet from store shelves based on four patents essential to 3G.

Both companies have been locked in acrimonious battles over patents since Apple fired off the starting pistol in April 2011.

Since then, the companies have engaged in dozens of cases, across four continents. Both have suffered sale injunctions at each others' hands — though Samsung arguably came off worse, most of the time.

The two companies will go to trial in the US on 30 July, following the breakdown of two-days of settlement talks in May. In Australia, the hearings are set to commence on 23 July.

Via ZDNet US

Topics: Samsung

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