Apple ordered to pay damages to Samsung by Dutch court

Apple ordered to pay damages to Samsung by Dutch court

Apple has been ordered to pay damages to rival firm Samsung Electronics by a court in the Netherlands.

The court decided that the Cupertino firm had infringed a patent held by Samsung relating to the way phones and tablet PCs connect to the internet.

It is still not clear how much Apple will pay to its South Korean rival, but the damages are expected to be calculated based on the sale of iPhone and iPads in the country.

"Samsung welcomes the court's ruling, which reaffirmed Apple's free-riding of our technological innovation," the South Korean manufacturer said in an emailed statement to the BBC.

"In accordance with the ruling, we will seek adequate compensation for the damages Apple and its products have caused."

Samsung had claimed that Apple had infringed four of its patents but the Dutch court decided it was in fact just one.

The two firms were recently ordered by a US court to discuss their issues in a bid to avoid the litigation that has spread around the world with each firm attempting to sue one another.