Apple sues over Samsung's Galaxy range

Apple has taken issue with Samsung over its range of Galaxy smartphones and tablets, to the point where it is taking legal action against the rival manufacturer over its intellectual property.

According to All Things Digital, a lawsuit has been filed in a U.S. District Court in Northern California, alleging patent and trademark infringement, as well as unfair competition. Apple is seeking injunctions, actual damages and punitive damages, as well as a finding that the alleged infringement was willful.

'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,' an Apple representative told the Mobilized section of the All Things Digital site. 'This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.'

Samsung obviously doesn't agree: 'Samsung’s development of core technologies and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio are keys to our continued success,' the company said. 'Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property.'

Mobilized has apparently seen the court filing, which is filled with 'examples of the copy-catting', ranging from core technology to screen icons to hardware shape. In particular, Apple also points to patents issued in 2009 and 2010 that cover 'the physical design of the iPhone' along with various trademarks for its app icons.

'Samsung’s Galaxy Tab computer tablet also slavishly copies a combination of several elements of the Apple Product Configuration Trade Dress,' Apple says in its suit, pointing out that Samsung’s tablet, like Apple’s, uses a similar rectangular design with rounded corners, similar black border and icons.

It's unlikely to be a swift case, unless some out of court discussions can find a happy compromise. With Samsung being a key supplier of Apple components, that might be the best solution for all.

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