HAGUE, The Netherlands – A court in the Netherlands ruled that Apple has to pay compensation to Samsung on the grounds that a patent held by the latter was infringed.
The two partners have sued each other in the recent years in about 12 countries. The companies are arch rivals regarding the target audience and the products they develop and promote to the market. Apple accuses Samsung to have fully copied its products, especially the iPhone and the iPad. Samsung, on the other hand, made a fight back with accusations that Apple infringed their patent licenses.
A court in The Hague ruled that Apple had infringed a patent held by Samsung. The concrete decision on the violation has to do with the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad and iPad 2. The court set the starting date when compensation should be running on 4 August 2010, at which date Apple knew about the infringement of the patent of Samsung.
The amount of compensation are still unquantified, just like and the effects for Apple at a global level.