If you stay in The Netherlands, here is a a piece of news that you would perhaps not appreciate, especially if you are an 'Apple' enthusiast. Korean electronics giant Samsung and The Apple Inc. have apparently taken their patent wars to a new level. This happened when the former asked a Dutch court to completely ban Apple iPhones and iPads in the Netherlands.
The two giants have apparently been at loggerheads with each other. Samsung has filed as many as four patent cases against its competitor, Apple. This happened at The Hague, where Samsung asked for a preliminary injunction against all Apple hand held devices that deploy 3G technology and this chiefly included iPad and iPhone.
"Apple should have asked for a license before it launched the iPhone in 2007 or 2008 in Holland. Period," Samsung's lawyer Bas Berghuis said in the court.
The two giants have been trapped in this indignant global war over the gadgets since April 2011. Apple has already managed to get Samsung tablets banned in Germany and some of Samsung's smartphone models in The Netherlands as well.
"Samsung's Dutch counterclaims against Apple raise important issues concerning patents that are essential to industry standards. The terms on which such patents can be licensed transcends this particular dispute," said patent expert Florian Mueller.
Samsung has accused Apple for not paying the licensing fees for Samsung patents, before the latter took off with the iPhone sales. Since both the entities are at similar position and are tough competitors, they are trying to bring one another down by squaring off over the patents in the courts across the world.