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Samsung, Apple battle drags on

Electronics giants are back in court in Australia and the Netherlands

Samsung, Apple battle drags on
Samsung is back in court in Australia and the Netherlands in the ongoing patent battle with Apple.

Samsung and Apple are back in court in Australia and the Netherlands, asking judges to ban each others' products from sale, in the ongoing patent war, according to the BBC.

In Australia, Apple's lawyers claim that the Samsung Galaxy Tab infringed patents relating to its touchscreen user interface, while in the Hague, Samsung is seeking a sales ban on iPads and iPhones over 3G patent infringements.

So far, Apple has been more successful than Samsung in using legal methods to hamper sales, with Samsung's Galaxy Tab currently banned from sale in Germany and a ban

on sales of Samsung smartphones due to come into effect in the Netherlands in October.

Samsung has also been forced to postpone its tablet launch plans in Australia while the legal battle there is ongoing.

Samsung has not yet won a court battle against Apple despite having filed lawsuits in countries such as the USA, France and South Korea.

In Monday's hearing in Australia, Apple's attorney told the court that the Samsung Galaxy Tab resembles the iPad 2 in look and feel, the same argument Apple used in other European cases, although it is also claiming that specific patents have been infringed.

Samsung has reportedly filed a counter-claim in Australia, based on 3G mobile telecoms patents it holds.

Those 3G patents also formed the basis of Samsung's claim in the Netherlands, in which it claims that Apple failed to licence patented designs used inside the iPhone and iPad.

Apple has argued that it should not have to licence those patents, because it is already makes payment to Intel and Infineon which license those Samsung patents.

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