The Apple vs Samsung legal conflict is one of the most important patent-based battles in the mobile business considering the players involved. Apple and Samsung are also contending the number one position in the smartphone business, where Samsung is currently king when looking at the total number of shipped devices in the first quarter of the year, but where Apple is making the most profits during the same period.
Since Apple and Samsung top executives were not able to settle their differences and put a stop to the conflict that spans across four continents and ten countries, the trials that involve the two companies will go forward. In fact, today we have a new ruling in one such trial coming from The Hague.
Unlike previous rulings, which were mostly favorable to Apple in the region – the courts stopped Samsung from obtaining a preliminary injunction against iOS device sales in the country and awarded Apple an injunction against certain Android devices from the Galaxy family – this time around it’s Samsung that prevailed.
The Verge reports that the court found Apple to be infringing one Samsung 3G patent (EP1188269) and therefore Apple must compensate Samsung for using that technology. The patent is classified as FRAND, which means Samsung can’t obtain a sales and/or import ban but it can demand damages. However, it’s not all good news for Samsung at this point, as the fight continues in over 30 similar battles. Moreover, the South Korean company is also being investigated by the European Union for its FRAND patent use in such mobile-related legal matters.
Apple will surely appeal today’s decision, but in the mean time, its iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2 have all been found to infringe on that patent. The company’s 2012 iOS devices are not included in the list.
As for Samsung, the company has already issued a press release praising the court’s decision:
“Samsung welcomes the decision of the court in The Hague, which again confirms that Apple makes free use of our technological innovations. In accordance with this statement, we will recover adequate damages that Apple and its products have caused.”
We'll continue to follow closely this legal spat between Apple and Samsung as we’re yet to see a final ruling.