Samsung Countersues Apple, Claiming iPhone, iPad Violate Its Patents
Samsung has reportedly retaliated against Apple with a lawsuit of its own, alleging that the Apple iPhone and iPad violate Samsung patents.It took less than a week for Samung to fire back at Apple with a patent-infringement lawsuit of its own. On April 22, Samsung Electronics filed lawsuits against Apple in South Korea, Japan and Germany, related to data transmission and the technology necessary to wirelessly connect a mobile phone and a user's computer, according to a number of reports. The Samsung lawsuit alleges that Apple violated Samsung's patents "in the production of the iPhone and iPad," according to MarketWatch, which cited the South Korean news agency Yonhap.
Samsung's Galaxy S line of smartphones and Galaxy Tab tablets-clear competitors to Apple's iPhone and iPad-were likewise triggers to the lawsuit that Apple filed against Samsung April 15.
During Apple's April 20 earnings call, comments from COO Tim Cook seemed to confirm as much. "I expect a strong relationship will continue," Cook told analysts and media on the call. Nonetheless, "we felt the mobile division of Samsung had crossed the line ... after trying for some time to work the issue, we decided to rely on the courts." Apple has also filed patent-infringement lawsuits against smartphone rivals HTC and Nokia, proceedings for which recently began in an International Trade Commission court. Throwing a bit of a wrench in the works for Apple, however, an initial, non-binding report from ITC staff, acting as a third party in the suit, found that HTC and Nokia didn't violate Apple's iPhone patents. With Android-running smartphones and tablets, including those from HTC, Samsung and Motorola, gradually eating into Apple's market share, Apple has also filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Motorola. The suit names patents related to Apple's Multi-Touch technology as well as other touch-screen-related technologies.