A ruling has been handed down in yet another patent dispute between Apple and Samsung. Word out of the Hague is that the Dutch court has decided in favor of Samsung in a case challenging that older iPad models and several editions of the iPhone violate existing 3G patents held by the Korea-based mobile manufacturer. The decision comes only months after the same court denied certain patent infringement claims made by Samsung and could result in compensation for the maker of the newly launched Galaxy S III smartphone.
The patent in question is EP1188269 as filed in the European system and deals with “encoding a transport format combination indicator for a communications system.” The ruling comes with a judge’s recommendation that the two parties settle the difference via monetary means rather than a sales ban of Apple products. Whatever Samsung gains will be offset by the €800,000 the company owes Apple for the earlier denied patent cases.