Samsung Takes Apple to France for Patent Lawsuit

Samsung has filed a lawsuit against Apple in France alleging the 3G wireless technology used in the iPhone and iPad violate patents it owns. The lawsuit was filed in July, and was first revealed to the public on Tuesday, according to AFP.

“The complaint focuses on three technology patents, and not on the design of the tablets,” a Samsung spokesperson said.

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The filing alleged that Apple is infringing on three Samsung patents, and while the company isn’t elaborating on what the patents cover, an anonymous source familiar with the case claimed the patents cover UMTS wireless communication.

Apple and Samsung have been locked in a legal battle over patent infringement claims for several months. Both companies have alleged that the other’s mobile devices use patented technologies without proper licensing, and have filed lawsuits against each other in the U.S. and other countries.

A Dutch court recently issued a temporary injunction blocking the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in several European Union countries, and Germany upheld its own injunction blocking in-country sales. Samsung agreed to postpone Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Australia until the end of September, and Apple is seeking injunctions in the United States and Japan, too.

Samsung’s lawsuit in France targeted Apple’s iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, along with the original iPad and the iPad 2.

Apple has not commented on the lawsuit.