Apple sues Samsung over 'copying'

2011-06-24 14:42

Seoul - US technology giant Apple said on Friday it has filed a lawsuit in South Korea claiming Samsung Electronics copied its products, in the latest round of an international legal battle between the pair.

"We have filed a lawsuit against Samsung with the Seoul Central District Court," Steve Park, a spokesperson for Apple Korea, told Dow Jones Newswires.

Apple Korea said in a statement it was "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," it said.

The South Korean firm said Apple's latest legal action wouldn't affect its own lawsuit.

"We will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business," it said in a statement.

Samsung and Apple are entangled in widening legal battles.

Apple in April filed suit against Samsung in San Francisco claiming the Korean firm copied its smartphones and tablet computers.

Samsung responded later that month with a lawsuit in Seoul alleging five patent infringements by Apple. It filed separate actions in Tokyo, citing two patent infringements, and in the German city of Mannheim citing three.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab has been a best-selling rival to the iPad, which has dominated the growing market for the touch screen devices.

Despite their prickly competition in finished products, the two firms have a close business relationship.

Apple was Samsung's second-largest client in 2010 after Japan's Sony Corp, accounting for 4% of the South Korean firm's 155 trillion won ($142bn) annual revenue.

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  • Gavin Bird - 2011-06-24 15:12

    Sumsung could not have been more blatant about it either!

  • Wayne - 2011-06-24 15:17

    Paranoid Apple. I think they feel threatened .

  • Hendrik - 2011-06-24 15:52

    Think Apple try to recover that 700 mil dollars that they must pay to Nokia

  • Murphy - 2011-06-25 07:22

    I fully agree. The copying is so blatant. Look at the Samsung Omnia, a direct copy of the first iPhone. When the next iPhone was released Samsung responded with a similar looking Galaxy. Now the iPad was replied by the Galaxy tab. I do not think that this is competition. It's copying!!

  • Tilo - 2011-06-25 09:47

    what is so unique about a square phone with round edges, a screen in front and a home key at the bottom? Apple is stealing ideas left right and centre, making them their own through massive marketing and then have their clients believe that they have a unique product. It will not take long until the world will realise how they are getting ripped off by Apple and their excellent marketing campaign... :-)

  • Kal_El - 2011-06-25 14:43

    Stupid Apple. So i guess then Star-Trek franchise can sue Apple for the IPad design. Agree with TILO. How many are really aware of Android. The form factor really doesn't make such a big difference - it is the pref of the individual. The software & apps is where the real compteition lies.

  • Kal_El - 2011-06-26 07:12

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  • Obama - 2011-06-26 10:26

    Everything looks like Apple products these days... HTC phones look like iPhones, Samsung and Motorola phones also look like iPhones. SO besides Apple seeing Samsung as a big threat, why else r they pursuing them and not the other companies...??

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