Four patent infringement cases launched by Samsung against Apple were filed in the Netherlands alone. A court in The Hague on Friday dismissed Samsung's claims of patent infringement by Apple, scuppering its bid to ban the sale of iPhones and iPads in the Netherlands. It also rejected Apple's counterclaims in the case.
"A win for Apple but also relief for the industry because the judge upheld widespread understanding of fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms in the use of patents," said Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents.
The court found that the Samsung 3G patents in the case were part of essential standards which should be open to license under FRAND and said the two companies should negotiate an agreement.