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Samsung and Apple go to court in Australia and the Netherlands

Battle lines drawn, again
Mon Sep 26 2011, 15:56

KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung and Apple went before judges in Australia and the Netherlands today in their ongoing patent battles.

These two companies have so many patent lawsuits going on around the world that frankly, we've lost count.

According to the BBC, Apple's lawyers in Sydney claimed that Samsung's Galaxy Tab infringed patents relating to its touchscreen interface.

In the hearing in Australia today, Apple attorney Steven Burley told the court that the rival tablet resembled the Ipad 2 in "form, factor and shape", adding, "It must have been as plain as the [Sydney] Opera House to Samsung that the Apple patents were right in front of its eyes, and they were wide open."

Samsung has reportedly filed a counter-claim in Australia, based on 3G mobile telecoms patents it holds.

Meanwhile, in the Hague, Samsung sought an embargo on Ipads and Iphones over 3G patents.

A Dutch reporter for Webwereld, Andreas Udo de Haes, tweeted from the courtthat Samsung claimed it had offered licensing terms that were rejected by Apple.

He also tweeted that the judge would make a decision at 1400 hours on 14 October, adding that "mind you: this decision is on whether Samsung's cases will be allowed to continue".

Earlier this month, The INQUIRER reported that Samsung is considering an attempt to ban sales of Apple's upcoming Iphone 5 in Europe.

Apple has already won injunctions preventing Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab tablet in a number of regions. The two firms have been playing games of cat and mouse and tit for tat for a while, with Samsung lately trying to overcome injunctions in Germany and the Netherlands. µ


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