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Apple seeks injunction against Samsung in patent row

Written by James Delahunty @ 01 Jul 2011 8:45 User comments (5)

Apple seeks injunction against Samsung in patent row Apple fires latest shot in patent war with South Korean consumer electronics giant.
Earlier this week, Samsung filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) seeking a ban on the import of iPads, iPods and iPhones that it says infringe several of its patents. Apple fired the next shot on Friday when it asked a U.S. court to issue a preliminary injunction to prevent Samsung from infringing three Apple patents.

It all started in April when Apple sued Samsung in a California federal court, alleging that the firm "slavishly" clones its mobile products. Samsung quickly countersued Samsung in California. Apple then sued Samsung in South Korea and Samsung went to the ITC.

Patent rows have been flaring in recent years between tech giants who are looking for their slice of the smartphone and tablet PC market. After this latest action from Apple, Samsung responded with defiance.

"We're going to actively protect and defend our intellectual property and our ability to provide consumers with innovative technology," Samsung spokesman Kim Titus said. Apple also asked for a trial in the case to be fast-tracked so the intellectual property disputes may be cleared up.

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5 user comments

12.7.2011 00:36

edited by ddp

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 03 Jul 2011 @ 5:20

22.7.2011 05:48

alleging that the firm "slavishly" clones its mobile products
They have a point. My sister had an LG Cookie (I'm 99% sure that LG is a subsidiary of Samsung) and it was obvious from the key layout to the UI on the phone that it was trying to look like an iPhone. I don't know why they sued however, that same LG/Samsung phone taught us never to buy one of their phones ever again.

32.7.2011 09:39

Not sure about the other models but the Galaxy S phones are a very close clone of the iPhone 3G/3GS. I remember seeing the Vibrant last year in a T-Mobile store and being shocked at how much like the iPhone it looked. T-Mobile was even pushing it to its customers who keep asking when are they getting the iPhone.

I know Apple's phones are outselling all the other manufactures but HTC and Motorola came up with their own unique designs. Why couldn't Samsung?

42.7.2011 18:20

Samsung quickly countersued Samsung in California

Looks like even samsung thinks it ripped off apple products :P

57.7.2011 23:42

This is going to get uglier it seems, They are both too heavyweights and it seems that its going to be an on-going dispute as i am sure they both have something up their sleeves to counter each other

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