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
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."
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.