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Samsung claims that Apple is violating its wireless technology patents

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 wireless patents. 

"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.

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Nucleear Wessels!!!
By morphologia on 4/19/2011 10:29:51 PM , Rating: 2
Apple is the corporate equivalent of Mr. Chekov from the original Star Trek. If you're as old as me :) you may remember how Chekov constantly claimed that the Russians, his people, invented pretty much everything. Even things for which people from other countries were well known to have been the originators, he claimed that everything was Russian. That's Apple, in person form.

For Apple to cherry-pick one of the dozens of manufacturers that make iPhone-ish smartphones (and not even the earliest one, mind you) and tablets, especially Samsung, without whom the iPad would be largely impossible, is just idiotic. It's the kind of smug, narcissistic, oblivious self-worship that makes me dislike Apple-preachers, only it's the pure form straight from the source.

Yes, Apple makes very good products. That doesn't mean they absolutely must be the only ones doing so, and it definitely doesn't mean they can turn on a partner or affiliate that helped them get where they are today.

RE: Nucleear Wessels!!!
By morphologia on 4/19/2011 10:32:10 PM , Rating: 5

This (as well as the previous post) was typed from my HP TC1100, a tablet computer that predates the iPad by 6 or 7 years...and runs a full, multitasking-capable OS (Windows XP).

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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