A Dutch court on Friday rejected a bid by Samsung to ban sales of rival Apple’s 3G phones and tablet devices, the latest round in a worldwide legal battle over alleged patent infringements. The judges in District Court of The Hague rejected Samsung’s request in a decision published online. Samsung had argued that Apple had infringed patents on several aspects of its 3G, or third-generation, telephone technology.
The court acknowledged that the South Korean company did hold the patents in question, but said they met the criteria of technology that could be used by other companies. The ruling noted that Samsung had in 1998 signed a declaration saying it was willing to grant such FRAND — “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” — licences. “Samsung is thus obliged to grant a licence to Apple according to the terms of FRAND for the patents concerned in this affair,” the judges concluded. On August 24 the same court, acting on a complaint filed by Apple, banned three Samsung models in several European countries.
On Thursday, the Federal Court of Australia granted Apple a temporary ban on Samsung sales its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, the latest in a series of legal victories for the US giant. Apple won a similar ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany earlier this month. The two technology giants are fighting it out in a battle for supremacy in the $100 billion market for tablet computers and smartphones.