The Hague in the Netherlands hasn’t exactly been Samsung’s best friend of late, granting a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S, and Galaxy S II.
Samsung has promised that the mid-October injunction won’t affect supply, and in the meantime has started a little Hague action of its own. No surprises for guessing that the South Koreans are taking a shot at Apple. Again.
Yep, Samsung is aiming to ban the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and both iPads from trade, import or sale in the Netherlands. Eek.
Supposedly Apple is infringing on four Samsung patents. The key thing here is that they’re “essential” patents, which means they cover tech vital to the entire industry.
In these cases, the done thing is for the patent holder to license use of the technology without discrimination, however Samsung claims that Apple is currently “freeriding”.
Apple’s lawyers – who must be absolutely raking it in of late – have reportedly scheduled a meeting to discuss licensing of the patents. In the event that Apple refuses to fork out to Samsung, the South Koreans could progress with the injunction.