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Apple And Samsung In Legal Tussle Over Patents

June 24, 2011

The battle of the tech giants continues with another volley of lawsuits.

This round has computer and gadget powerhouse Apple filing a lawsuit in South Korea, claiming Samsung has infringed upon several patents over smartphone and tablet devices, Reuters is reporting.

The litigation comes as Samsung filed patent suits in South Korea, Japan and Germany in April over the US company’s iPhone and iPad after Apple claimed Samsung’s Galaxy line “slavishly” copied its products.

“We have filed a lawsuit against Samsung with the Seoul Central District Court,” Steve Park, a spokesman for Apple Korea, told Dow Jones Newswires.

Apple Korea said in a statement it was “no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging, AFP reports.

“This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas,” it said.

In April, Apple filed suit against Samsung in San Francisco claiming the Korean firm copied its smartphones and tablet computers. Samsung responded with a lawsuit in Seoul alleging five patent infringements by Apple. Samsung filed separate actions in Tokyo, citing two patent infringements, and in the German city of Mannheim citing three.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab has been a best-selling rival to the iPad, which has dominated the growing market for the touchscreen devices.

Despite their prickly competition in finished products, the two firms have a close business relationship. Apple was Samsung’s second-largest client in 2010 after Japan’s Sony Corp., accounting for four percent of the South Korean firm’s $142 billion annual revenue.

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