Apple files suit against Samsung

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Apple Inc. has sued Samsung Electronics Co., saying the South Korean company's Galaxy line of smartphones and tablet computers copy Apple's popular iPad and iPhone.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple alleges the product design, user interface and packaging of the Galaxy products "slavishly copy" Apple.

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a Samsung Galaxy phone is used in public, there can be little doubt that it would be viewed as an Apple product based upon the design alone," Apple says in its lawsuit, which was filed Friday.

Cupertino-based Apple is seeking an order barring Samsung from infringing on a variety of its patents and trademarks, as well as unspecified damages.

A Samsung spokesman said the company's products are the result of its own research and development. He says Samsung plans to defend itself against Apple's lawsuit.

Apple first released the in 2007, and has since upgraded the device several times. The company unveiled the last year, and began selling the iPad 2 in March. The company had sold over 108 million iPhones and 19 million iPads, as well as more than 60 million of the iPod Touch, which is a digital music player that looks similar to the iPhone but can only access the Internet over Wi-Fi and cannot make cellular calls.

Samsung began selling the Galaxy smartphones and in the U.S. last year, all of which run on Google's Android operating software. Samsung is the world's largest manufacturer of flat screen televisions, and computer memory chips. Its memory chips are used in the iPad.

"Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property," Samsung spokesman Kim Titus said.

The lawsuit is the latest in a long string of patent disputes among phone makers trying to stake a claim on a slice of the rapidly growing smart phone market. Inc., Microsoft Corp., Nokia Corp. and HTC Corp. and others have taken legal action to protect intellectual property in the last few years.

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Apr 19, 2011
Sounds like Apple is jealous because someone finally released a smartphone that rivals theirs.

I'll take my Samsung Captivate(Galaxy S) over the iPhone anyday.

Apr 19, 2011
Apple thinks their engineers are the only ones who can think? A good think no one patented the wheel when it was first "built". The world would have been a very different place.

Apr 19, 2011
These stories make me want to watch "Pirates of Silicon Valley" again.

Apr 19, 2011
Jobs is an asshole. Always has been, always will be.

When Jobs worked for Atari he was tasked with creating the Breakout arcade game. If I recall correctly, for every chip he was able to remove from the design, he would get a $1000 bonus. He handed the project over to Wozniak (without telling him about the bonus). Wozniak being the brilliant genius he is did it for shits and giggles. He ended up knocking enough chips out to earn Jobs a $50,000 bonus from Atari. This is the money he used to start Apple with Wozniak. However Wozniak was not able to invest as much money in the company and well we know the rest of the story. Jobs is an asshole.

Apr 19, 2011
Apple became just as Microsoft has been - ruthless and soulless corporation. They became the very thing they fought against.

Apr 20, 2011
I like samsung, but not apple. they can keep their over-hyped mainstream toys.

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