Apple to pay Samsung damages in Netherlands patent infringment case

Chalk up a small win for Samsung. The Korean based manufacturer has scored a victory against its arch nemesis, Apple, in a patent ruling that found the iPhone maker infringing on Sammy’s 3G technologies. Samsung has already issued a press release ahead of the decision’s publication:

“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.”

To make a long story short, Samsung has gone after Apple for using its patents for 3G, but most of the company’s suits were batted down because they were considered to being under the FRAND law.

That said, Apple has been found to violate at least one of Samsung’s patents on older iPads and iPhones using baseband chips from companies other than Qualcomm. Apple must pay compensation for infringing patent EP1188269.

This win is bitter sweat because it’s still classified as FRAND, which means Samsung is not entitled to a ban on sales or import. The infringing devices are the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, and iPad 1 and 2. We’re sure the victory will be short-lived, as Apple will more than likely fight the decision.

[via The Verge]

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