Apple Brings Samsung to Court for Patent Infringement

Last Friday, in the U.S. District Court in Northern California, Apple filed a patent suit against Samsung, claiming that the Galaxy line of tablets willfully infringe on a few of the company’s patents and trademarks. Apple is looking for injunctions, actual damages and punitive damages as well. Examples included in the court filing were copy-catting, from core technology to screen icons as well as hardware shape.

An Apple rep said, “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.”

Samsung replied by saying that it would fight Apple’s legal action in the courts. The company stated, “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.”

This type of action is not really what you would call “scarce” in the smartphone industry. Currently, there is an ongoing battle between Apple and Nokia, suits between Microsoft and Motorola as well as  Oracle and Google just to name a few. What makes this particular law suit interesting is that Samsung is one of Apple’s prominent supplier of several of its products.

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