Samsung seeks Apple sales ban in Dutch court

Samsung seeks Apple sales ban in Dutch court

The Hague: Samsung is asking Dutch judges to slap an injunction on Apple Inc. to prevent it from selling iPhones and iPad tablets in the Netherlands, saying Apple does not have licenses to use 3G mobile technology in the devices.

The legal battle is the latest round in a series of claims and counterclaims of patent breaches by the rival technology heavyweights playing out in courtrooms around the world.

Samsung Electronics Co. lawyer, Bas Berghuis, told a civil judge at The Hague District Court that Apple “never bothered to ask about licenses" before it started selling 3G-enabled iPhones.

Apple is expected to argue later Monday that the chips its devices use for 3G come from suppliers who do have licenses with Samsung.