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Samsung says, Apple says — and so it goes


The legal brouhaha between Apple and Samsung continues (not that you’re surprised, are you?). Apple has infringed upon Samsung Electronics patents since entering the mobile phone market with the iPhone 3G, a lawyer for Samsung told a Dutch court as the company seeks a ban on some Apple products in the Netherlands, reports “Bloomberg” (

“Apple just entered the market in 2008 without taking care of the licenses,” Bas Berghuis van Woortman, a lawyer for Simmons & Simmons LLP who represents Samsung, said in The Hague court. “Apple is consciously, structurally infringing the 3G patents.”

Samsung filed four lawsuits against Apple in the Netherlands and the first scheduled hearing is today. Samsung is claiming the iPhone and iPad that use 3G technology infringe Samsung patents and is seeking a ban on their sale in the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, Apple said in a Hague court hearing that Samsung is holding them “hostage” by asking for 2.4% on each 3G chip used in the iPad and iPhone, according to “Electronista” (). Samsung is deliberately misusing both the royalty rate and the responsibility for its payment to try and oppose its lawsuit, says Apple. Read more at .

Finally, Apple claimed on Monday that Samsung latest tablet computer infringes on patents relating to touch screen technology, says “AFP” ( Lawyers for Apple addressed the Federal Court after the firm launched legal action against the South Korean company last month, accusing it of intellectual property infringements with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, the article adds.

— Dennis Sellers

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