We reported yesterday that Apple filed
a lawsuit against Samsung in which it claimed that the South Korean company
has copied elements of its hardware and software design. The prime offender
appears to be the Samsung Galaxy S which does seem to "borrow" some
exterior design and UI elements from Apple's iPhone 3GS.
Today, however, Samsung is making it clear that it doesn't
intend to go down without a fight. Samsung -- a company which actually provides
semiconductor chips and display panels for Apple's mobile products -- didn't
actually refute Apple "copycat" claims in a statement
to Yonhap News Agency, but did
note that "We have no choice but respond strongly this time."
Instead of directly countering Apple's claims, Samsung made
a few claims of its own with the revelation that Apple is infringing on its
"Samsung will respond actively to this legal action
taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual
property," Samsung continued in a statement.
Apple may have drawn first blood in this battle between two
tech giants, but we're certain that the two players will come to some sort of
mutual agreement before a real bloodbath starts. After all, Apple was Samsung's second largest customer last year with over $5.68B in purchases.
quote: After all, Apple was Samsung's second largest customer last year with over $5.68B in purchases.