Samsung vs Apple: Apple is found guilty of infringing on Samsung patent

Making a mark on one of the major ‘smartphone wars’, Samsung won a patent infringement case against Apple. A Dutch court has held Apple guilty for infringing on a patent owned by Samsung.

With the iPhone 4S, Apple has infringed on a Samsung patent that governs an “apparatus for encoding a transport format combination indicator for a communication system,” according to The Hague, which also awarded damages.

It is unclear how much Apple owes Samsung in damages.

Samsung obviously reacted with pleasure and welcomed the court’s decision. They said that Samsung had spent years developing those patents, which now stand as their technological innovations and abilities.

In Apple’s defense, of the four patents which Samsung claimed to have been infringed by Apple only one was found to be infringed upon by Apple.

It should be mentioned this is not the first time Samsung has filed patent infringement suits against Apple. But in the past Samsung has found minimal, if any, success. And this being their first legal victory over Apple, they now surely have a reason for celebration, which is visible from their public statement.

Florian Mueller, a patent blogger made an interesting observation:

“Samsung has approximately 100,000 patents worldwide. At some point it had to win something,” Mueller quipped, though given the dozens of complaints currently being hashed out around the globe, “the impact of today’s ruling is minimal,” he said. “It’s not even clear that Samsung will make enough money as a result of this infringement finding to offset the 800,000 euros it now owes Apple in legal fees because it lost with respect to three of its four patents.”

Maybe just a boost for their ego, then.

Are you an Apple or Samsung fan? Or are you person who watches these kind of battles? If you are one, don’t forget to share your comments with us.

[via PCMag | Image Credit: TalkAndroid]

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  • Ashraf

    @michel: The issue isnt with patents in general but rather how they are issued at the moment.

  • @michel: If that were true, then there would be no problem with patents, but in their current form, all they do is give people a death grip on whatever they claim to have inventend (Apple has patented many things that they didn’t invent).

  • michel

    @Jyo: Patents promote innovation by rewarding those who actually do the innovating. That’s why we have them in the first place.

  • Jyo

    @michel: I don’t think it’s an issue of “if you don’t like it, don’t buy it.” If you look at the big picture, like Caleb pointed out, all these patent restrictions hurt growth in technology and innovation. Patents are necessary for obvious reasons, but with that comes issues such as this.

    Profit at the expense of innovation? Good for the company maybe, but not so much for the rest of the world.

  • I think we need major patent reform. All patents do right now is eliminate innovation. That being said, patents are unfortunately a part of the technology world at this time so it is good to see Samsung winning for once and Apple not getting what they want.

  • Ashraf

    Hey folks, healthy discussion is encouraged; feel free to express your opinion, however strongly it may be. But please respect others. We are allowed to disagree with each other but lets not take part in name calling.


    -Mr. Boss

  • michel

    @Frank: No, I’m not an idiot. I just realize that if I want to use a commercial product, I have to purchase it from the manufacturer, and that manufacturer is in no way obligated to let other people sell it. That’s called business, and it’s called choice. If you think businesses must be obligated to provide services or property to third parties, you must be a communist. Certainly you’re a troll and a hater.

    Again, no one is forcing you to use or buy anything.

  • Zapped Sparky

    “apparatus for encoding a transport format combination indicator for a communication system,”
    Are they talking about something like the blinking LED on my network socket? :)

  • Frank

    @michel: RUAn Idiot?
    If (a) holds a patent and does not “make it available” (i.e. sells) it to (b) /noone/ can use that feature – except on devices of (a).
    Grow up yourself.

  • michel


    Nobody is forcing you to use anything. Grow up. Don’t like it, don’t use it.

  • Frank

    Apple or Samsung (/Android) Fan?

    I personally HATE all these profit-greedy companies who use patents* to /force/ users to use their products.
    Personally I HATE the i* product family, especially for its user interface. Android has its very own privacy issues (owned to Googles ‘ownership’ and data leaking to them).

    I am a HUGE FAN of patents which are sold at /fair/ prices to anyone. A FAN of companies doing inventions and patenting them (to secure their efforts) AND selling them to anyone.
    But I hate companies like Apple (google/samsung/htc… might do the same) who use patents to force people (who want/need that feature) to use their devices.

    Regards, Franky