Samsung Hits Apple with Patent Counter Lawsuit

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Samsung has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple claiming the iPhone and iPad step on technology it controls. The lawsuit came in response to Apple’s own filing alleging Samsung’s mobile devices infringe on iPhone and iPad-related patents.

According to Samsung, the iPhone and iPad cross the line and infringe on ten patents related to data transmission and wireless data communication. The company filed its claims with courts in Germany, Japan and South Korea.

Apple and Samsung duke it out in courtSamsung countersues Apple for patent infringement

Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung claims the company copied the look and feel of the iPhone with the Galaxy Tab tablet device, as well as the NExus S, Epic 4G and Galaxy S 4G smartphones, all of which are Android OS-based devices.

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface,” Apple said in its filing.

Samsung fired back in its filings against Apple by stating “Samsung is responding actively to the legal action taken against us in order to protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business.”

The legal battle between the two companies has raised concerns about the status of their business relationship since Apple buys components from Samsung for devices like the iPhone and iPad.

Apple COO Tim Cook said, however, that the two companies are still on good terms. “We’re Samsung’s largest customer, and Samsung is a very valued component supplier to us,” he said during Apple’s second quarter earnings conference call. “Separately from this, we felt their mobile communication division had crossed the line.”

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4 Comments

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

I wonder how many more rounds of this Apple gets to play before people realize that these suits are a marketing exercise for Apple. Apple’s PR talks about being innovative and some company being a copycat. It taunts. The other company countersues and talks about protecting intellectual property. Bland. What Sammy should have done in their PR is say that their phones aren’t crippled with a crappy notification system or a Draconian App Store and invite Apple to copy them.

As John said, lawyers on both sides will get new BMWs and maybe a month’s supply of petrol at Obama’s Libyan non-war price. Any settlement or judgement will be rounding error. Apple will rinse and repeat in 8-12 months to keep its message about being such an innovator out there. Nothing but PR fluff.

daemon

these suits are a marketing exercise for Apple.

Yeah, but it’d be nice if these suits turned around bit Apple square on the rear-end. But since Samsung operates each of it’s divisions as separate companies forcing the Mobile division to compete with Apple on component bids from the Foundry division….

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

@daemon: You know I have the same wishes. Samsung plays the patent game too, but it’s a traditional cross-licensing play. Company A sues Company B. Company B countersues Company A. Simmers awhile, both companies use FUD from suits to lock-in customers. Companies usually cross-license broader portfolios than the patents in the suits.

I don’t expect the tech press to figure out what these patterns really are for various players, but it would make a good MBA project for someone. Patent law, as applied by the big tech companies, probably amounts to a price support and subsidy much more than it provides justice to creators.

vasic

Wrong thread. apologies.

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