Samsung Fires Back At Apple

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Seoul - Samsung fired back at Apple, filing lawsuits in overseas courts alleging that Apple violated 10 of its smartphone and computer patents.

Only days ago,

Apple filed a lawsuit

in a California federal court against Samsung, alleging the Korean electronics manufacturers' Galaxy S smartphones and its Galaxy Tab knock off the look and feel of Apple's competing products. Apple pointed to the look and feel of the Samsung devices to their user interfaces.

Samsung, which supplies chips to Apple, countersued in courts in Korea, Japan and Germany and alleged that Apple violated 10 of its smartphone and computer patents.

 "Samsung 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," a Samsung spokesman told TWICE.

In its suits, Samsung complained that Apple infringed patents on:

--HSPA cellular-data technology that optimizes transmission and reduces power usage during data transmissions,

--3G W-CDMA cellular technology for reducing data-transmission errors,

--and technology for tethering a phone to a PC to enable the PC to use the phone's cellular-data connection.

Apple alleged Samsung violated seven patents related to how users select, scroll, pinch and zoom on a touchscreen. Three design infringements include Samsung's use of a flat black face.

Apple is also involved in a patent fights with Motorola and HTC.


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