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Apple has filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California where it accused Samsung Electronics of infringing its patents. The company believes that Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets copy Apple's iPhone and iPad.

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products," the lawsuit reportedly reads

Apple alleges that Samsung's Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Nexus S and its Galaxy Tab tablet violate its intellectual property. Apple is seeking injunctions, actual damages and punitive damages, as well as a finding that the alleged infringement was willful.

 “It’s 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. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas," an Apple representative told Mobilized.

Samsung said it would fight Apple’s legal action in the courts.

“Samsung’s development of core technologies and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio are keys to our continued success. Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property," a statement by the company reads.

It should be noted that Samsung is one of Apple's key suppliers. For example, Apple depends on Samsung's DRAM, flash memory and other components. As a result, a long legal fight will hardly be beneficial for both Apple and Samsung.

Tags: Apple, Samsung, iPhone, iPad, Galaxy Tab, Galaxy, Business

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Well, should Samsung file a lawsuit then since apple put cameras on the ipad 2.
How can apple claim this when they themselves ripped their so called "innovations" from other companies to make their products.

Samsung was making touch screen phones in Korea before apple even bothered to make a phone.
0 0 [Posted by: goury  | Date: 04/18/11 11:03:00 PM]
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Korean companies have that history from a long time. In West they used have a "Cheap" label tag, same continues in the US (say Hyundai cars). Note that, Korean companies managed to do very well against Japanese companies but I don't think Apple would take such rips lightly. Why can't Samsung come up with its own designs say like Andriod based ones? Motorola in fact did a decent job compared to average Samsung (which is a paradox, they are in the global Top 10 patent list!).
0 1 [Posted by: bulava  | Date: 04/19/11 12:46:52 AM]
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Charlie has interesting comments about this:

http://semiaccurate.com/2...ung-is-incredibly-stupid/
1 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 04/19/11 01:48:14 PM]
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