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  (Source: ibtimes)
Samsung files lawsuits in three countries, citing 10 patent violations

Earlier this week, we reported that Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung for copying certain design aspects of its popular iPhone. "Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products," Apple claimed in the lawsuit.

Unfazed by Apple's lawsuit, Samsung responded that Apple was in fact infringing on some of its patents, adding, "Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property." 

Samsung is now backing up those words with some legal action of its own. The company has filed lawsuits in South Korea, Japan, and Germany citing ten cases of patent infringement by Apple.

Samsung added that this legal action will "ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business."

According to Reuters, Samsung claims that Apple is violating its patents related to "power reduction during data transmission, 3G technology for reducing errors during data transmission, and wireless data communication technology."

Apple and Samsung are close business partners, and Apple is currently Samsung's second largest customer. Thanks to strong sales of the iPad and iPhone, Reuters expects Apple to become Samsung's largest customer during 2011.

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RE: Headline Picture FTW
By BioHazardous on 4/22/2011 11:04:28 AM , Rating: 5
They have friends in those countries that will make it nearly impossible for a company such as Apple to have a chance. Apple will also have to show up in those countries which is costly and time consuming for all involved. Basically it seems to be to remind Apple that they play on an international field and that if companies want to, they can make life hell for Apple.

RE: Headline Picture FTW
By StevoLincolnite on 4/22/2011 11:58:58 AM , Rating: 3
And considering that Samsung is about 3x or larger than Apple... They have the financial backings to bring it onto an International field.

That and Samsung have fingers in so many pies in Tech-land with so many different patents and products they could probably make things even worst for Apple.

RE: Headline Picture FTW
By tng on 4/22/2011 8:26:57 PM , Rating: 3
considering that Samsung is about 3x or larger than Apple... They have the financial backings to bring it onto an International field.
I think that Apple will learn a valuable lesson here that other companies will fight back.

While I am no Apple fan, I will say that they might have grounds for this. Samsung is no stranger to outright stealing IP and design patents. They are probably the most sued company on earth for this type of thing.

RE: Headline Picture FTW
By chick0n on 4/23/2011 12:10:22 AM , Rating: 4
consider how ridiculous Apple's patents are, I would say both companies equally suck.

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