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Apple claims that Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets (right) violate its patented design and technology found in its iPad (iPad 2, shown right).  (Source: Daily Mobile)

Apple also accuses Samsung's Galaxy S smart phone of ripping off its iPhone.  (Source: Sizzle Core)
Company says Samsung worked "slavishly" to duplicate its designs and infringe upon its IP

Details have been released about a suit Apple, Inc. (AAPL) filed against fellow gadget maker Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (SEO:005930) in South Korea's Seoul Central District Court.  The suit was filed on Wednesday, June 22 and claims that the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S copies the design of the iPhone 3G.

The lawsuit comes after comments by company officials who accused the gadget maker of "slavishly" imitating the iPhone.

Samsung will definitely have the home court advantage in the case.  It is one of South Korea's largest conglomerates, accounting for about a fifth of the nation's exports.  Samsung Electronics, one of the Group's many subsidiaries, is the world's largest electronics company by sales.  It's expected to soon pass Finland's Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V) to become the world's largest phonemaker.

The suit follows an April 15 complaint filed in U.S. federal court against Samsung.  The complaint alleges that the Galaxy family of devices that include the Galaxy S smartphone models and Galaxy Tab tablet models violate a number of Apple patents.  

Among them, Apple says the devices infringe on its touch screen user gestures patents, including selecting, scrolling, pinching and zooming. It also claims to have invented a "flat black face", which is among the three design patents Samsung is accused of violating.

Samsung had petitioned the court to force Apple to turn over prototypes of its future iPads and iPhones to show differences or similarities between the two companies designs.  Samsung lost that motion on June 22 (Wednesday).

Samsung has filed four counter-suits against Apple in Seoul, South Korea, Tokyo, Japan, Mannheim, Germany and the U.S., claiming Apple violate ten of its patents.  

Ironically the pair were formerly quite close.  In fact Samsung Electronics has designed Apple's last several iPhone/iPad processors, with the help of contractors like Intrinsity.  Samsung was also among the companies that was rumored to be a possible partner for Apple's potential upcoming LCD television display launch.  Apple also uses Samsung memory chips in several of its devices.

The pairs' relationship, much like that of Apple and Google Inc. (GOOG), deteriorated as both companies accelerated their smartphone and tablet plans.  Currently Samsung is beating Apple in phone sales, though some of its phones are traditional handsets.  Overall Google's Android OS hardware partners -- like Samsung -- are outselling the iPhone over two-to-one, according to recent studies.

As it can't outsell Android, Apple appears resigned to try to out-sue the rival.  The company's efforts were dealt a setback when a judge in another case -- a suit against, Inc. (AMZN) over its "Appstore for Android" -- said that she was preparing to dismiss a major motion in that case.

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By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/2011 11:34:23 AM , Rating: 4
It also claims to have invented a "flat black face", which is among the three design patents Samsung is accused of violating.

This is the most absurd thing I have ever read. Invented a flat black face?? They cannot be serious!

How did our patent system allow such absurdity that someone can patent a shape and color on a device!?

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By Motoman on 6/24/2011 11:41:07 AM , Rating: 5
Because our patent system is retarded. But you knew that already.

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By Flunk on 6/24/2011 11:55:18 AM , Rating: 3
Ah, but you see. They are suing in Korea, where they don't have a snowball's chance in hell.

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By MrTeal on 6/24/2011 11:41:16 AM , Rating: 5
Really. I think Gutenberg probably has a flat black leather-bound bible that would disagree with this "patent".

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By Motoman on 6/24/2011 11:47:04 AM , Rating: 4
Not a proper comparison, obviously. Gutenberg probably figured out how to render Flash...

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By MozeeToby on 6/24/2011 12:33:56 PM , Rating: 2
You see, Apple's patent says "on a computer". Totally different.

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By MrTeal on 6/24/2011 11:53:55 AM , Rating: 2
That's complete unrelated, it has nothing to do with Apple's patent.

It's not black.

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By GulWestfale on 6/24/2011 12:09:11 PM , Rating: 4
true, and it also has more features. its the distinct lack thereof that apple is trying to patent... that gives me an idea, i should patent a rectangular piece of cardboard. paint it white, call it the iboard, and sell it to appletards for $399, or $499 with 3G. you won't be able to use it as a computer, and you sure as hell can't make phonecalls with it (despite the 3G!), but appletards will defend it from the ridicule of rational people to their last breaths!

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By themaster08 on 6/24/2011 1:24:55 PM , Rating: 4
Invented a flat black face?? They cannot be serious!
I seem to recall the LG Prada having a flat black face, and that was released about a year before the iPhone.

Companies like Apple should just fuck off.

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By cjohnson2136 on 6/24/2011 1:36:10 PM , Rating: 2
It's even on their wiki page that LG thinks Apple copied

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By cjohnson2136 on 6/24/2011 1:42:28 PM , Rating: 2
As I did more searching through that apparently Apple fans were saying it wasn't a big deal because there would always be black touchscreens phones. It seems like someone did the exact same thing as Apple and now Apple is calling a foul.

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By Solandri on 6/24/2011 1:55:26 PM , Rating: 4
By definition any screen has to a flat black face. When a screen displays white or colors, it lets through white or colored light. When it displays black, it shuts off that light, meaning you see just the screen. Hence the face of the screen has to be black.

This is why you have to watch movies in theaters in the dark. The screens have to be white to significantly reflect the projected light. But that makes for awful blacks. So you turn off the lights to lower the black level.

If the patent truly is for a flat black face, it has to rank as one of the stupidest patents ever awarded. It'd be like patenting a flat surface for walking on.

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By Omega215D on 6/24/2011 5:00:34 PM , Rating: 2
What would IBM have to say about that and their Thinkpad line? Everything about that laptop is flat black and would like to smash it into the face of any Apple Fanboy that says otherwise... and the Thinkpad would come out unscathed.

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By jamesjwb on 6/25/2011 10:12:09 AM , Rating: 5
Can we all group together, each put £1 in a Paypal account so that I can fund the purchase of a whole fish, a flight to the USA and a cab to Steve Jobs house, then repeatedly slap him in the face with said fish while shouting "am i holding this fish wrong?", all the while recording it on a Galaxy S, then put it on itunes and sell it for 99p?

Pretty sure I could give you all a 1000% ROI...

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By Motoman on 6/27/2011 11:25:27 AM , Rating: 2
Companies like Apple: Monster Cable and Bose.

All 3 are predatory in that they prey on the gullible and un/misinformed, spreading their own propaganda that their wildly overpriced products are magically better than all the others.

Apple/Monster Cable/Bose - The Unholy Trinity.

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By Pirks on 6/27/11, Rating: 0
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By Omega215D on 6/24/2011 4:56:24 PM , Rating: 2
*looks at IBM Thinkpad T60, Droid 1, HTC Thunderbolt, Blackberry Storm, Palm TX, Cowon D2*

What do they mean by flat black face? It sounds incredibly vague.

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