Apple have secured a considerable legal victory today with the news that Samsung have failed in their bid to ban the sale of iPhones and iPads in the Netherlands, The Verge reports.
Samsung can now no longer ever collect a license on its 3G patents for the iPhone 4S, and potentially other Apple Qualcomm chip devices as well in the Netherlands.
The Verge explains:
The iPhone 4S uses a Qualcomm chip that already carries with it a license — Samsung previously licensed its patented 3G technology to Qualcomm a few years back. As such, Samsung is prevented from now going after Apple and attempting to double dip on licensing fees. This is a big deal because it takes licensing completely off the table for Samsung (even a FRAND license), at least for devices like the iPhone 4S that use this component. Now, for those Apple devices that don’t include this particular Qualcomm chip (the iPhone 3G and 4, and iPad 1 and 2), the situation is a little more complicated.