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Apple Again Files A Complaint Against Samsung Through ITC To Block Import Of Galaxy Devices

Apple launched its latest lawsuit against Samsung with an International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint that seeks an injunction to prevent the Korean giant’s key Android smartphones and tablets from being imported into the United States. Samsung also has an ITC lawsuit against Apple and the strangest thread through these Apple-Samsung duels is that the two parties are key partners. Samsung believes that there is no legal basis for the motion for injunction  by Apple and motion for injunction sets forth its position that Samsung has slavishly copied the design of the iPhone and iPad in the creation of the Galaxy Tab, Infuse 4G and other products…………

 

Apple escalated its legal fight with Samsung by asking the US International Trade Commission (USITC) to block imports of some of the South Korean firm’s smartphones and tablet computers. Apple asked the USITC to look into its complaint that Samsung is infringing on the California-based company’s patents in electronic digital media devices, including its Galaxy lines of smartphones and tablets. “Samsung has followed each of Apple’s groundbreaking products with imitation products that incorporate Apple’s technology and distinctive design,” Apple counsel Alexander Hadjis said in the USITC complaint. Apple contended that the South Korean electronics giant was using its patented technology in components such as touchpads, software and audio interfaces. Hadjis branded Samsung one of the principal infringers of Apple intellectual property. Apple patents at issue ranged from headphone technology to ornamental design features. Apple asked the independent, quasi-judicial federal agency to stop offending Samsung devices from being imported into the United States for sale. Last week, Samsung asked the US ITC to ban the import of Apple products into the United States, expanding a patent war with the US mobile gadgets star. The ITC has been urged to stop Apple shipping its popular iPods, iPhones and iPads into the US market from where they are manufactured, a Samsung spokesman said. Samsung responded later that month with a lawsuit in Seoul alleging five patent infringements by Apple. It filed separate actions in Tokyo, citing two patent infringements, and in the German city of Mannheim citing three. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab has been a huge-selling rival to the iPad, which has dominated the growing market for the touchscreen devices. Despite their prickly competition in finished products, the two firms have a close business relationship.

 

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