Dutch court: Samsung Galaxy products infringe Apple patent

A Dutch court ruled on Wednesday that some of Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy smartphones and tablets infringe an Apple patent in the latest round of the two firms’ worldwide battle.

The court ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple damages, determined by how much profit it has made from the sales.

The patent dispute concerns the Android operating system versions 2.2.1 to 3.0 used on Samsung’s Galaxy tablets and smartphones, the court said.

Smart people those Dutch.



  • Niels Korte

    We are smart indeed ;)

  • Niels Korte

    Dutch is a language. We live in The Netherlands aka Holland.

    • studuncan
    • http://twitter.com/kgbraund Kyle Braund

      So how would you describe the adjectival “court’?

      • Joe

        Seriously, what is the correct adjective?

      • tyr

        The Hollandaise court ;-)

  • pawhite524

    I have to admit, this makes me a little crazy: “The court ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple damages, determined by how much profit it has made from the sales.”

    Until the damages are prohibitive, i.e., all gross profits from sale of the products that infringe others’ patents plus fines and other penalties, what will stop the “Samsungs” of the world from continuing to steal?

    The way it is now with “royalty payments” only as the penalty it is like I burgle your home and have to give back 2 to 5% of the profit from what I stole. If I’m the burglar I’d be saying to myself, “OK, you got a deal!”

    I hope the whole EU will honor this court’s decisions. No disrespect to the lovely people I have met when visiting the Netherlands but it is a tiny market with little in the way of actual punishment to Samsung within its borders only.

    • tyr

      Well, it’s Samsung Benelux, which means BElgium, NEtherlands and LUXemburg. Still a tiny market but a little less tiny than you think.

      • pawhite524

        Tyr, Thank you for educating me on this.  Any chance Germany, france, and England will follow the wisdom of this court ruling to put a sting on the offender?  All the best!

  • IK

    Unless there were two rulings today, it appears there won’t be significant consequences, if any at all. http://www.fosspatents.com/2012/11/dutch-ruling-on-apples-photo-gallery.html