We reported yesterday that Apple is spending a ton of money to protect their slew of patents against potential violators, and have very little to show for their efforts. Today, the Dutch Government is rubbing a little salt in Apple’s wounds by rejecting Apple’s appeal to block sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the Netherlands, upholding a judgement made in a lower court back in October.

The court in the Hague which issued today’s ruling stated that the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 were different enough to allow them to go on sale side by side. Sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be allowed to continue in the Netherlands, and Apple moves on to the next patent battle with their tail between their legs.

As a reminder, there are still a plethora of Apple vs. the world suits out there, and time will tell whether Apple will see its legal endeavors come to fruition. In the meantime, they sure are costing themselves and their rivals a lot of money on legal fees and legal department time with little to show for it.

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