Apple rejects Samsung's settlement offer

The Cupertino company has turned down an offer in the ongoing legal spat

This one isn't going to go away anytime soon. Apple has just rejected a settlement offer from Samsung in the ongoing legal battle concerning copyright infringement. Apple accused Samsung of "slavishly" copying its iPad and iPhone, succeeding it getting the Galaxy Tab banned in Germany, as well as pulled from the IFA trade show in Berlin soon after its announcement.

Samsung hit back with counter claims, issuing suits in different countries. The Galaxy Tab was supposed to launch in Australia in August, but has been delayed due to the case.

Apple claimed Samsung's proposal was no basis for a settlement. "It is one we don't accept and there is no surprise," Apple lawyer Steve Burley said. "The main reason we are here is to prevent the launch and maintain the status quo."

The two companies are now suing each other in over 20 cases in nine countries. There are even rumours Samsung will issue new allegations as soon as the new iPhone is unveiled tonight, in an attempt at scuppering the event and having the handset banned.

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Via The Guardian