Samsung Says Apple Infringes Its Wireless Patents ‘Structurally’

By:Maaike Noordhuis

Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. has been “structurally” infringing Samsung Electronics Inc. patents since it entered the mobile-phone market by introducing its iPhone 3G, a lawyer representing the Korean company told a Dutch court.

“Apple just entered the market in 2008 without taking care of the licenses,” Bas Berghuis van Woortman, a lawyer for Simmons & Simmons LLP who represents Samsung, said in The Hague court. “Apple is consciously, structurally infringing the 3G patents.”

Samsung, world’s second-largest maker of mobile phones, filed four lawsuits against Apple in the Netherlands. Today is the first scheduled hearing for the cases. Samsung is claiming Cupertino, California-based Apple’s iPhone and iPad that use 3G technology infringe Samsung patents and is seeking a ban of the sale of products in The Netherlands.

The legal battle between Apple and rival smartphone makers is intensifying as an increasing number of consumers use smart phones and wireless handsets to surf the Web, play games and download music and videos. Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung lost a preliminary court ruling over sales of its Galaxy S, S II and Ace smart phones in the country in another patent dispute with Apple last month.

Apple’s lawyers will present their arguments later today in the hearing.