Apple to pay damages to Samsung over patent
Dutch proceedings:A Dutch court has ordered Apple to pay damages to Samsung 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 smartphones and tablets.
The US 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 that Apple had violated a Samsung patent used in some of Apple’s phones and tablet computers to connect to the internet. It said damages should be based on certain iPhone and iPad sales in the Netherlands.
Damages should be based on Dutch sales figures since August 4th, 2010, which the court said was the date when Apple could have known it was violating Samsung’s patent.