Apple/Samsung Circus Could Impact Consumers - TheStreet

Samsung's response has been added to this story.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (

TheStreet

) -- The

Apple

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/

Samsung

patent war reached the Netherlands on Monday, although critics warn that consumers could be the biggest losers in the two companies' ongoing

global IP battle

.

"I think that the current IP wars are doing lawyers good, but are not necessarily quite so good for consumers or supply partners," said Neil Mawston, a U.K.-based wireless analyst tech research firm

Strategy Analytics

. "The worst case scenario is that we get multiple product bans in multiple countries for multiple months."

Apple is locked in a global patent war with Samsung.

Samsung's lawyer has accused Apple of "structurally" infringing its 3G patents in a Dutch court on Monday, according to

Bloomberg

. The South Korean tech giant is attempting to ban iPhone and iPad sales in the country, just weeks after Apple

won a court ruling

in Germany to block sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The Dutch dispute is just one part of a legal "mega-battle" between the companies, notes Germany-based intellectual property consultant

Florian Mueller

. "There are at least 20 lawsuits going on between the companies in 12 courts in nine countries on four continents," he told

TheStreet

, adding that the struggle stretches from Europe to Australia, South Korea and the U.S.

Mueller, though, thinks that the true consumer impact of the spat depends on a

looming American patent battle

between Apple and Samsung, which is scheduled for mid-October. Earlier this year, Apple filed a motion with the U.S. District Court of Northern California for a preliminary injunction against four Samsung products: the Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G and Droid Charge smartphones, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet.

"That could be the tipping point -- we're not talking about a market the size of Germany or the Netherlands," said Mueller. "That would be a U.S. wide ban

if Apple is successful and the question is 'if they win against those products, what future Samsung products would be impacted'?"

Verizon

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, however, recently

sided with Samsung

against Apple. In a letter to the U.S. District Court ahead of the Oct. 13 hearing, the telecom giant warns that an injunction would harm Verizon Wireless and its consumers at a crucial stage in the development of 4G technology.

Shares of Apple, which has not yet responded to

TheStreet's

request for comment on this story, dipped $6.05, or 1.5%, to $398.25 on Monday.

"Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property, and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business," explained a Samsung spokeswoman, in an email to

TheStreet

.

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Written by James Rogers in New York

.

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