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Samsung countersues Apple for 10 patent infringements

first_imgSamsung promised to fight Apple in court after Apple sued last week, and now they’ve revealed how. The company has countersued Apple for infringing over 10 of its mobile technology patents, and has cases pending in South Korea (where Samsung is based,) Japan, and Germany. The lawsuit Apple has filed is based in the United States.The bulk of the patents that Samsung claims Apple has infringed upon include 3G quality of service technology, data communication technology, and systems for power reduction and management when sending wireless data. Samsung claimed in the lawsuits that Apple should stop infringing on the technology Samsung developed, and should compensate the company for damages.AdChoices广告It’s clear that Samsung’s new countersuit is designed to be a punitive move against Apple for its earlier lawsuit that alleged that the Samsung’s Galaxy S line of phones and Galaxy Tab tablet are too similar to the iPhone and iPad. As with many lawsuits like this, the courts will have to weigh in on the tit-for-tat legal battle. Still, it’s not as though Samsung doesn’t have a leg to stand on and this is just retaliatory. Apple is facing legal challenges from Nokia and HTC over similar patent infringement accusations.One question that’s come up through all of this is how the two companies will settle their dispute amicably, if that’s still possible. After all, Apple does rely on Samsung to provide LCDs for its displays and mobile devices, and it’s a key component manufacturer of chips for a number of Apple products. On the flip side, Apple is a big – and paying – Samsung customer. Neither company likely wants to jeopardize that relationship.It’s likely that the two companies will come up with a method to settle their disputes quietly and out of court, but until then the rest of us will have to wait and see what the courts say.Read more at Reuterslast_img read more