Samsung files lawsuits against Apple

April 22, 2011
Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab, left, is displayed with at an advertising board, at the headquarters of South Korean mobile carrier KT in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 22, 2011. South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. says it sued Apple Inc. for patent rights violations, only days after Apple sued Samsung for the same reason.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(AP) -- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. says it sued Apple Inc. for patent rights violations, only days after Apple sued Samsung for the same reason.

Samsung is accusing Apple of violating its rights to 10 smartphone and computer patents. The company filed lawsuits Thursday in Seoul, Tokyo and Mannheim, Germany.

The lawsuits come only days after Apple sued Samsung in a California court. Apple alleges Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones and tablet computers copy Apple's popular and .

The lawsuits are the latest in a long string of patent disputes among phone makers. In recent years Apple, Microsoft Corp., Nokia Corp., HTC Corp. and others have taken legal action to protect their intellectual property rights.

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not rated yet Apr 23, 2011
Here's a thought, the builder of a smartphone or tablet for another company designs a special concept for that other company, then who owns that concept? You wanted this & so we designed that to be able to make this but we didn't charge you full costs for having designed that. The company sues you for replicating it in your own design, you sue them for use of your design & closing off your access to your own design. Just a thought...
not rated yet Apr 25, 2011
If the universe is fair Samsung will win and crapple goes away and is completely forgotten about.
not rated yet Apr 25, 2011
The increasingly complex web that's developed from all of the mobile patent enforcement actions is truly mind-boggling. What's more, it all seems rather wasteful, when one considers the fact that the likely result of all these lawsuits will be settlements and cross-licensing deals. How anticlimactic.

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