Samsung to Apple: It’s Time to PAY!

Samsung has won a 3G patent dispute against Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in the Netherlands and is reportedly planning to seek compensation from the California company. Apple’s iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, the first-generation iPad, and iPad 2 were found to be infringing on Samsung’s European-held patent.

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The Korean company said in a statement that it would “recover adequate damages” from Apple and that the decision proves “that Apple makes free use of our technological innovations.”

While Samsung can seek damages, it is not allowed to ask for a ban on sales or import of Apple’s devices because the patent in question comes under the FRAND classification, which means that it must be licensed under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms. Last year, a judge in the Netherlands had denied Samsung’s request to stop sales of the iPhone and iPad.

While the decision is one in several cases the two companies have filed against each other across 10 countries, the victory was barely a “consolation prize” according to intellectual property expert Florian Mueller.

“Tiny amounts of money won’t get Apple to settle,” Mueller wrote on his FOSS Patents blog. “Samsung was trying hard to win an injunction, but failed. From a strategic point of view, it had already lost 99.9 percent of these cases even before today’s liability ruling came down. This really is nothing more than symbolic.”

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