In Netherlands, Samsung gains advantage in patent war

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In Netherlands, Samsung gains advantage in patent war

A Dutch court on Wednesday ordered Apple to pay damages to Samsung Electronics over a patent violation in the Netherlands, the latest twist in the global legal battle being waged by the two rivals.

The warring rivals have been suing each other in about a dozen countries for the last few years as they competed globally for consumers in the fast-growing markets for smartphones and tablet computers

The U.S. company has accused Samsung of “slavishly” copying its iPhone and iPad tablet through products that run on Google’s Android. 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 the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, and the iPad 1 and 2, the court said.

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


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