Apple files patent suit against Samsung

Reuters

Apple Inc (Cupertino, Calif.) has filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (Seoul, South Korea), claiming Samsung infringed upon several patents, a court official said on Friday.

The litigation comes as Samsung filed patent suits in South Korea, Japan and Germany in April over the U.S. company's iPhone and iPad after Apple claimed Samsung's Galaxy line "slavishly" copied its products.

Last week, a lawyer for Apple said in a U.S. court that executives "at the highest levels" of both companies are in talks about patent litigation. This was after the judge referenced the close business relationship between the two companies to resolve the case through alternative dispute resolution outside the court.

Apple, which was Samsung's second-biggest client after Japan's Sony Corp last year, became the South Korean firm's biggest customer in the first quarter, mainly by purchasing semiconductors, according to Samsung's quarterly report.

Samsung is one of the fastest growing smartphone makers and has emerged as Apple's strongest competitor in the tablet market.

A spokesman for Apple Korea declined to comment on the patent law suit and reiterated the company's previous stance.

"It is no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging," the spokesman said.

In the previous filing against Apple, Samsung said it was seeking compensation for patent infringements.

(Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Vinu Pilakkott)

Featured Reports

Connected Vehicle: V2V and V2X Market Outlook 2017-2022

Connected vehicle technology is rapidly evolving to encompass Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I), Vehicle-to-Device (V2D), and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) signaling and communications. This research examines the V2V and V2X market including technologies, solutions, and major players. 
Buy now

 

IoT Device Management: Outlook and Forecasts 2017-2022

The report evaluates market opportunities and challenges for IoT Device Management solutions across various industry verticals.  The report includes forecasting for global and regional markets as well as potential across deployment types and sectors including automotive, manufacturing, smart cities, and more.
Buy now

 

DAS Market Analysis and Forecasts 2016-2021

Analysis of the DAS market, including carrier WiFi, small cells, and SON, and the leading companies in the DAS ecosystem and their solutions.  The report also includes evaluation of market drivers, challenges, and provides forecasts for 2016 to 2021.
Buy now

 

NextGen Network OSS/BSS Forecast 2016-2021

Comprehensive coverage of NGN OSS/BSS including opportunities within Big Data and IoT, analysis of the drivers and issues related to the technical and business aspects of OSS/BSS, deployments and operations issues, and quantitative analysis with forecasts for anticipated growth through 2021.
Buy now

 

 

Related Topics