Samsung seeks iPhone, iPad sale ban in Dutch court
Samsung asked a Dutch court to slap an injunction on Apple Inc. to prevent it from selling iPhones and iPad tablets in the Netherlands, saying Apple does not have licenses to use 3G mobile technology in the devices.
The legal battle is the latest round in a series of claims and counterclaims of patent breaches by the rival technology heavyweights playing out in courtrooms around the world.
Samsung Electronics Co. lawyer Bas Berghuis told a civil judge at The Hague District Court thatApple “never bothered to ask about licenses” before it started selling 3G-enabled iPhones that use the Universal Mobile Telecommunications Standard commonly known by the acronym UMTS.
Earlier this month, a court in Duesseldorf, Germany, ruled that Samsung cannot sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany because its design too closely resembled the iPad2. The ruling only applied to direct sales from the Samsung, meaning distributors who acquire the Tab 10.1 from abroad could resell them in Germany. Samsung said it would appeal that judgment. Other court battles are taking place in the U.S., South Korea and Australia.