April 19, 2011

Apple Taking Samsung To Court Over Galaxy Devices

According to court papers, Apple Inc. sued rival Samsung Electronics claiming that Samsung's Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablet "slavishly" copies the iPhone and iPad.

Galaxy products use Google Inc.'s Android operating system, which is in direct competition with Apple's mobile platform.

The lawsuit alleges that Samsung violated Apple's patents and trademarks.

"This kind of blatant copying is wrong," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said in a statement.

Kim Titus, a Samsung representative, said the company would protect its intellectual property and "actively" respond to the lawsuit.

"Samsung's development of core technologies and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio are keys to our continued success," Titus said in an email written to Reuters.

John Jackson, an analyst with CCS Insight, told Reuters that Samsung is essentially Apple's only real tablet competitor.

"It's clear that they do not intend to let Apple run away with the category," Jackson said.

Apple said in the lawsuit that earlier versions of Samsung smartphones did not embody the same combination of Apple's designs.

"Even the icons in earlier versions of the Samsung smart phones looked different because they had a variety of shapes -- and did not appear as a field of square icons with rounded corners," the lawsuit said.

Apple's lawsuit brings 16 claims against Samsung, including unjust enrichment, trademark infringement and 10 patent claims.


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