Apple Sues Samsung
June 25, 2011 by USA Post
Apple Sues Samsung, Apple Inc. filed a patent lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea, the escalating legal dispute between the two companies in terms of designs and technologies used in their best seller of mobile devices.
The iPhone maker has filed a lawsuit with the Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday, according to a file in the court’s website, which provides details of the claims from Apple. MoneyToday online news provider reported that Apple is claiming that Samsung’s smartphone Galaxy S copied the design of the iPhone 3.
The dispute began in April, when Apple, based in Cupertino, sued Samsung in the United States, claiming that slavishly imitated the Galaxy product designs and technologies used for IPAD and the iPhone. Samsung, which supplies memory, chips for Apple responded with demands in Seoul, Tokyo, Mannheim, Germany and the United States.
Apple has sued Samsung in the country of origin of the South Korean company, after Samsung sued Apple in April.
Companies are now engaged in legal battles related smartphone in several countries. Apple started things off in April suing Samsung in the U.S. the alleged “blatant copy” of its IOS devices. Soon after, Samsung launched retaliatory suits in the U.S., Germany, Japan and South Korea, accusing Apple of infringing 10 patents by Samsung.
Despite the close supply relationship between the two companies – Samsung makes many of the components used in iPhones – The battle between Apple and Samsung has become increasingly bitter, with Apple Samsung recently accused of harassment for wanting to see the iPhone 5 iPad and 3 before its release.
Apple’s latest attack was announced on Friday, shortly after Apple said that senior executives of both companies were in talks on the dispute. Matt Macari patent attorney theorized in his blog on Friday that Apple Litigation talks between Apple and Samsung agreement might be in an “embryo” stage.
“Suits for violation of patent does not occur on a whim,” wrote Macari. “The start of this new case in South Korea has been possible in the works for a while … While many of the patents Apple Korea could be directly related to the counterpart patents in the U.S. and stated against Samsung in the U.S., the scope of the claims may be significantly different between the portfolios. Therefore, it is unlikely that an accurate reflection of the U.S. and Korea’s claims infringement was possible “.
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