Samsung to Sue Apple: Samsung Accuses iPhone 5 LTE Technology of Patent Infringement
Sep 24, 2012 12:16 PM EDT
The two electronics moguls Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. find themselves again in another legal battle, but this time the South Korean has accused the Cupertino company of infringing on its patent related to long-term evolution technology (LTE) and faster fourth generation wireless networking.
According to the Huffington Post, Samsung said that it plans to take "immediate legal action" and says that its "primary target" is markets in America and Europe.
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Last week, Samsung filed a case management statement against Apple's latest smartphone, the iPhone 5, for eight patent infringements.
According to a Samsung statement released on WebproNews.com, "Samsung anticipates that it will file, in the near future, a motion to amend its infringement contentions to add the iPhone 5 as an accused product. On September 12, 2012, Apple announced that it will release the iPhone 5 on September 21, 2012. Based on information currently available, Samsung expects that the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models. Samsung plans to file a motion to amend its infringement contentions to address the iPhone 5 as soon as it has had a reasonable opportunity to analyze the device."
The case is likely to manifest in 2014.
Recently, Apple won a huge patent infringement case in California against Samsung. In August, a court ruling said Samsung "willfully infringed" on a number of Apple's patent devices, granting them $1.05 billion.
After months of anticipation the jury finally reached a verdict in the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit granting Apple Inc. $1 billion for patent infringement. The jury of nine ruled that Samsung Electronics Co. did in fact "rip off" Apple Inc. by copying the company's revolutionary designs for the computer tablet iPad and smartphone iPhone. The jury decided that the South Korean company should pay $1.05 billion to Apple.
A jury of nine granted Apple $1.05 billion in its year-long patent infringement suit against Samsung, although Apple's original claim was $2.5 billion, the verdict can definitely been seen as an Apple victory.
The jury ruled against all of Samsung's counter claims amounting up to $400 million.
Since 2011, the two tech moguls have engaged in quite a tussle over design infringement, Apple has repeatedly accused Samsung (not without merit) of imitating its designs for its various products. While, one cannot deny Samsung's products bears a definite resemblance to the corresponding Apple products, Apple might have taken the issue a little too far by suing the company for $2.5 Billion. In turn, Samsung is counter suing Apple for approximately $400 million for damages to reputation and $22 million in royalties.
Throughout the trial, Samsung has maintained that it merely drew inspiration from Apple's designs, while Apple insisted that the company blatantly "ripped off" its designs.
Samsung's lawyer Charles Verhoeven said, "Everyone is out there with that basic form factor...There is nothing wrong with looking at what your competitors do and being inspired by them," as reported by Time Magazine.
In turn, Apple released a statement in direct rebuttal to the South Korean company on Reuters, "It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging."
The two companies have been dispute in over 10 countries.
A few months ago, due to Apple's claims that Samsung's Galaxy Tablet infringed on patents of its very popular iPad, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ordered the Galaxy 10.1 computer tablet to be temporarily removed from the US markets.
The case was filed as: The case is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., 11- cv-01846, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).