Samsung fails to win Dutch ban on iPhone, iPad

Samsung has lost its battle in the Netherlands to prevent sales of rival Apple's products including the iPhone and iPad, which use 3G mobile technology.

A court in The Hague today rejected Samsung's claims that Apple's products infringe patents held by the South Korean company. The court also dismissed Apple's counter-claims in the suit, and order the two companies to pay each other's legal costs.

The decision by the Dutch court is the latest victory for Apple in a legal battle over smartphone and tablet patents between the two companies that has taken in 10 countries since April. Yesterday, Apple succeeded in obtaining a temporary ban on sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

Apple claims that Samsung's Galaxy range of Android smartphones and tablets "slavishly" copies its own iPhone and iPad products.

Earlier this month, Samsung was forced to upgrade three of its smartphones to avoid a temporary sales bans on earlier versions, which were held by a Dutch court to violate an Apple patent.

Samsung has hit back by accusing Apple of not paying licensing fees for the use of its patents when released its first iPhone in 2007. Apple claims the South Korean company did not ask for fees until 2010.