Samsung has filed a legal complaint against Apple in France, the next stage in the two companies' worldwide patent war.
a legal complaint in France against Apple, extending a worldwide courtroom
battle in which both companies accuse the other of intellectual-property
focuses on three technology patents, and not on the design of the tablets," a
Samsung spokesperson told Agence France-Presse
, which reported that the
first court hearing is scheduled for December.
Apple have fired lawsuits at each other in a number of countries, including the
United States and Australia. Both sides claim their rival's products violate
existing patents, but Apple has taken its complaints one step further by
accusing Samsung of outright copying its designs.
Apple won an injunction against Samsung on the grounds of patent infringement,
forcing the latter to halt production of the Galaxy Tab in that country.
Samsung withdrew the device from the IFA trade show in Berlin
, with a spokesperson
telling Bloomberg that it respected "the court's decision."
battle has extended to Japan, where Apple asked a court to ban a selection of
Samsung devices within that country.
Reuters Sept. 8 that Apple "has filed suit
with the Tokyo District Court seeking the suspension of sales of Galaxy S and
its sequel S II smartphones and the Galaxy Tab 7."
are prepping high-profile releases. Apple's next smartphone, dubbed "iPhone 5"
by the media, will reportedly arrive in October. Meanwhile, Samsung's steady
cadence of increasingly powerful Android tablet and smartphone releases
suggests it's trying to become more of a dominant player in the mobility space.
big bet in that arena is the Galaxy S II smartphone, which runs Android 2.3
"skinned" with the proprietary TouchWiz interface. The device includes a
4.3-inch "Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic LED) Plus" screen (protected by
durable Gorilla Glass), 16GB of onboard memory expandable via microSD to 32GB, and
two cameras. In the U.S., the device will be available from AT&T, Sprint
and T-Mobile in September.
lodged other patent-infringement suits against HTC and Motorola, and recently
settled an intellectual-property dispute with Nokia. Apple originally filed its
case against Samsung with the U.S. District Court of Northern California,
alleging that the look, packaging and user interfaces of Samsung's smartphones
and tablets too closely copy the iPhone and iPad.
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