On April 16th, Apple filed a trademark infringement suit against Samsung with the U.S. District Court in North California. If you thought Samsung was just going to stand around, you thought wrong.

Apple originally filed a lawsuit against Samsung because it claimed Samsung’s Galaxy S Android smartphones and new Galaxy Tab tablet violate Apple’s intellectual property rights in regards to hardware design and user interface. Samsung last week returned the favor and counter-sued Apple, claiming that it has infringed 10 of its patents that have to do with “fundamental innovations that increase mobile device reliability, efficiency, and quality, and improve user interface in mobile handsets and other products”.

Samsung now filed another lawsuit against Apple in the U.S. 

“The lawsuit intensifies a legal dispute that began when Cupertino, California-based Apple sued Samsung earlier this month, claiming the Galaxy products “slavishly” copied iPad and iPhone technology and design. Samsung, which is also a supplier of some Apple chips, retaliated last week with lawsuits in Seoul, Tokyo and Mannheim, Germany.

In the U.S. complaint, Samsung accuses Apple of violating patents that “relate to fundamental innovations that increase mobile device reliability, efficiency, and quality, and improve user interface in mobile handsets and other products.”

The patented technology includes ways that a phone allows calls and Internet surfing at the same time; improvements in how text messages and attachments are sent; reductions in interference among mobile devices; and increases in the capacity of mobile networks, according to the complaint.”

A Samsung spokesperson told CNET that the following patents have been violated:

• HSPA telecommunications technology for transmission optimization and the reduction of power usage during data transmission,
• WCDMA telecommunications technology for reducing date transmission errors, and
• technology for tethering a mobile phone to a PC to enable the PC to utilize the phone’s wireless data connection.

Evidently, Apple is Samsung’s single largest customer, providing many parts found in the iPhone such as the A4 and A5 processors, as well as LCD displays, and flash memory.

Let’s see how this lawsuit plays out in the courts.

What do you think? Will Apple win this case?

[9to5Mac]

  • DomPerignon

    This case will be very difficult for Apple to win, and it shows the arrogance and stupidity of Apple; now with this lawsuit Apple might lose its number one components provider. Apple needs more from Samsung than Samsung from Apple.

  • Burge

    In other words if you make a phone you can not allow it to make calls , tether it or use it as a phone in anyway…this is just fucked up..if the company that made the first mobile phone decided to sue all the other mobile phone makes there all fucked ..

    • Code

      That’s true, they also shouldn’t focus on the lawsuits but on their products

  • this is just a game to have publicity

  • So samsung is suing Apple cuz there phone it too good?

    • Kickstar13

      No, actually Apple first sued Samsung, so Samsung decided they’d file a lawsuit against Apple as well.

    • VnABC

      Nah, wth with their phones good or bad!
      Reason is so Apple will drop its lawsuit agaist Samsung

      • Ya, I know that bit but its just funny what theyre getting counter-sued about

  • Ryan

    It’s basically a game between everyone, trying to hinder their progress. Capitalism at its best.

  • Rob

    This Isn’t Even Half The Story xD
    Watch Apple Win, Watch Them =P

  • But it’s a copy of one on one mind you.! You will see the iPhone keyboard jump Copy
    Haplyakiut identical moving in and Aplyakiut stolen log ..! It’s exactly pretty screwed up the truth that Apple sued Samsung Samsung now suing the Apple just Ziasgro bending and that’s it ..!