“Apple Inc. lost a Dutch court ruling in a patent lawsuit over Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy handsets,” Maaike Noordhuis reports for Bloomberg.

“Samsung’s Galaxy products using certain versions of Google Inc.’s Android operating system don’t infringe Apple patents concerning so-called multi-touch flags, Judge Peter Blok said in a ruling today in The Hague, Netherlands,” Noordhuis reports. “The Hague-based court said today’s verdict follows similar rulings in the U.K. and Germany on the touch- screen patents.”

Noordhuis reports, “Apple, based in Cupertino, California, was also ordered to pay Samsung about 325,000 euros ($420,000) in costs, the judge said. Steve Park, a spokesman for Apple in Seoul, declined to comment. The court started a new round of trials between Apple and Samsung in the Netherlands in September, concerning multiple patents and proceedings as Apple seeks a ban on Galaxy devices in the country, where the Suwon, South Korea-based company has its distribution center for Europe.”

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