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Dutch court refuses to ban iPhone, iPad sales

Fri, 10/14/2011 - 6:05am
The Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court has refused to grant Samsung an injunction banning Apple from selling iPhones and iPad tablets in the Netherlands, dealing the South Korean electronics giant a defeat in its global patent battle with its American rival.

The civil court in The Hague rejected Samsung's argument that Apple should not be allowed to sell devices such as tablets and smartphones that use 3G mobile technology because the Cupertino-based company does not have licenses to use the patented technology.

In a ruling issued Friday, the court says that because the 3G technology has been accepted as an industry standard Samsung is obliged to offer Apple licenses under "fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory" terms.

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