Apple files new Samsung patent action in US

Sep 01, 2012
Apple has filed a fresh patent infringement action in the United States against Samsung, alleging that the South Korean company is continuing to steal its technology despite a recent court ruling.

Apple has filed a fresh patent infringement action in the United States against Samsung, alleging that the South Korean company is continuing to steal its technology despite a recent court ruling.

The new claim was filed in San Jose, California on Friday and it says that Samsung, which last month was fined $1.05 billion by an American court for "willfully" infringing Apple's patents, is still using its rival's technology.

"Despite that lawsuit, Samsung has continued to flood the market with copycat products," Apple said, adding four of Samsung's most recent releases—including the flagship Galaxy S III smartphone—to an earlier complaint filed in February.

"Apple will suffer and is suffering irreparable harm" because of the alleged infringement, said the maker of the iPhone and iPad.

The new US claim is the latest chapter in a long-running global patent war between the smartphone giants, which have accused each other of stealing intellectual property for their own products.

Apple won $1.05 billion on August 24, when a California jury found the South Korean electronics giant infringed dozens of patents held by Apple.

However a Japanese court on Friday rejected the US tech giant's claim that Samsung stole its technology.

Apple had sought damages and sought to block sales of some Samsung products in Japan, where both firms have seen their popularity rise in a market traditionally dominated by domestic powerhouses such as Sharp and Sony.

But the claim was rejected and Tokyo District Court's three-judge panel also awarded legal costs to Samsung.

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XZizeR
4.5 / 5 (15) Sep 01, 2012
apple must fall.
sandholme
4.5 / 5 (8) Sep 01, 2012
So Apple now want to ban phones that have not been deemed as infringing anything.
Green_Dragon
4.2 / 5 (5) Sep 01, 2012
Ikr? The GSIII looks so much like the iPhone4 from 2010 /s
CapitalismPrevails
3.9 / 5 (14) Sep 01, 2012
If you couldn't already tell, i'm a capitalist. But with that said, i really despise Apple even thou they are the most capitalized company in the world of all time. Their petty lawsuits are getting on my nerves. We should boycott them.
210
1.7 / 5 (6) Sep 01, 2012
apple must fall.

Yes, Apple must Fall; I would like a stock split myself so that I can get more of the stuff!

word-to-ya-muthas!
sigfpe
3.7 / 5 (3) Sep 01, 2012
Whatever you say about Apple's lawsuits there is one thing you can say for sure. They're not petty. Petty is when I sue the neighbor for $10.
Grallen
4.2 / 5 (5) Sep 01, 2012
Yeah. Not petty. Just Dirty.
sirchick
5 / 5 (3) Sep 01, 2012
I bet anonymous will get involved against apple.
RealityCheck
1.6 / 5 (14) Sep 01, 2012
Hi all.
Caution. Before opining any 'moral' judgements/outrage in cases like this, and given the current patent system, the first question indicated should always be:

"If the positions were reversed, would Samsung think they had just cause/reason to sue Apple, and proceed to do so?"

And Samsung is suing Apple on some counts, isn't it? If so, then the second question indicated would be:

"Is Samsung suing Apple purely motivated as a 'defensive/counter move'; or as a 'stand-alone just cause/reason suit' in its own right under patent law as it is?"

Only after one gets satisfactory answers to such questions should one be prepared to move on to the particular 'arguments in patent law' involved in any particular case.

I have reserved my 'moral' judgement/outrage on both parties because I have not yet got the full answers to these questions from both.

Cheers and good luck, everyone!

inuk2600
5 / 5 (1) Sep 02, 2012
Apple is beginning to look a bit like SCO under what's his face...
CreepyD
5 / 5 (2) Sep 03, 2012
How long until a company tries to sue the patent office itself for issueing patents that should never have been issued in the first place?