With its lawsuit against HTC and Nokia underway, Apple is turning its sights to Samsung, claiming the Galaxy tablet and smartphones violate its patents.
Apple's patent-infringement case against HTC underway
in an International Trade Commission
(ITC) court, the iPhone maker has filed a new legal claim against smartphone
and tablet rival Samsung, the Wall Street
reported April 18.
a 38-page suit filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern California, Apple
alleges that the look, packaging and user interfaces of Samsung's smartphones
and tablets too closely copy the Apple iPhone and iPad.
than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its
smartphone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's
technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing
products," Apple claims in the lawsuit, according to the Journal.
however, is not taking Apple's accusations lightly. In a statement, Samsung claims
its planning to take "counter-action" against Apple, according to the AFP news
will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate
legal measures to protect our intellectual property," according to Samsung's
April 19 statement.
has been a leader in the smartphone and tablet markets, setting the bar in the
former and outright establishing the latter. With sales rising and revenues
skyrocketing-Strategy Analytics expects tablet revenue alone to reach $49 billion
by 2015-Apple is lashing
out against rivals it believes are finding success on its coattails.
currently has patent-infringement suits filed against smartphone giants Nokia,
HTC and Motorola, among others.
the lawsuit against Samsung is that the company is additionally a parts
manufacturer, and Apple is one of its major customers.
to regulatory filings, 4 percent of Samsung's 2010 revenue-or approximately $6
billion-came from Apple, which purchases microchips and memory chips from the
South Korean company, the Journal
reported. According to an April 15 report from tech site AnandTech
, some Apple MacBook
Air models have recently been found to be running solid-state drives (SSDs)
from Samsung rather than the Toshiba SSDs that the super-lightweight notebooks
debuted with. One possibility is that Apple made the switch following the
recent disasters in Japan, where Toshiba and other manufacturers have suffered
damages to their factories or faced logistical woes getting materials in and
out of the country.
says it has been developing its own core technologies and intellectual property
portfolio, according to the AFP report, which added that Korea's Yonhap news
agency has cited an unidentified Samsung official as saying: "Apple is one
of our key buyers of semiconductors and display panels. However, we have no
choice but to respond strongly this time."
form factor of Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet-as is the case with many other iPad
competitors-appears to vary only slightly from Apple's iPad and iPad 2. But the
lawsuit, says the Journal,
Samsung mimicking Apple in also unnecessary ways, such as by depicting its
products' photo library with a sunflower logo, as Apple does.
suit against Samsung comes just as the company is preparing to this month
Galaxy S II
, the follow-up to its popular smartphone available from a
number of U.S. carriers. The device runs the Android 2.3 operating system and
features a 4.3-inch WVGA Super AMOLED-Plus (active-matrix organic LED-plus)
touch display, a 1.2GHz processor, 8-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras, and
Samsung's 3D TouchWiz user interface.