Trademark infringement and patent issues cited as design and user interfaces of the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy smartphones go under the spotlight
Apple is suing rival company Samsung for allegedly copying the design of both the iPhone and iPad.
In documents filed at the US District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple outlined 16 claims against Samsung; including trademark infringement and patent claims.
The claims relate both to the physical design of Samsung's products, as well as alleged similarities between the user interfaces. The case relates to the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Samsung Galaxy smartphones, both of which use Google's Android operating system.
In the 373-page document, which includes photographic comparisons, Apple notes that Samsung has made its Galaxy phones and tablet computers "work and look like Apple's products". This was achieved, Apple claims, through the "widespread" infringement of Apple's patents.
The suit also claims that Samsung has "misappropriated Apple's distinctive product packaging".
Samsung has responded bullishly, saying that its products are the result of its own research and development. In a statement the South Korean company said: "Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property."
This isn't the first time Apple has sued a rival company. In March, Apple sued HTC over alleged patent infringement relating to the iPhone. Also, in October of 2010, Apple sued rival smartphone manufacturer Motorola.
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