This time last week Apple announced that they were suing Samsung for breach of copyright, in fact they used stronger words than that as they accused the South Korean giant of ‘slavishly copying’ their iPhone and iPad. This week Samsung has responded with their own law suit, suing Apple for breaches of their copyright.
Samsung has filed claims in both Japan and Germany for violation of five patents, three in Germany and two in Tokyo with various infringements cited. Samsung says it is “responding actively to the legal action taken against us in order to protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business.” So basically this is a direct retaliation to Apple’s legal action against them.
Samsung has been speaking with the team at CNET who have outlined the five claims in detail; basically they say Apple has copied various network and wireless technology including HSPA and WCDMA technology.
In the past Apple and Samsung have worked closely with Samsung supplying a large number of components for both the iPhone and iPad 2. The A5 chip is based on their chip and it is rumoured that the iPhone 5 will use the same version. They also supply the screens for both the iPhone and iPad, at this stage its unclear how this relationship will be affected although we expect Apple already has this covered.
The Samsung Galaxy S II smart phone is due to launch in the UK on 1st May, a handset that Apple has specifically targeted as a copy of their iPhone. Samsung will continue undeterred though as these legal battles can wrangle on for months, even years which means the events over the last week is just the beginning.