Apple vs. Samsung: Apple sued over Samsung patents

Samsung hits back at Apple in patent row

When will it end? Now Samsung launches its own lawsuit against Apple, accusing the Cupertino-based company of being in violation of several of its wireless patents

The legal tiff between Apple and Samsung grinds on, with Samsung striking back at Apple with its own lawsuit claiming that Apple is in violation of a number of its wireless technology patents.

According to Samsung, Apple's designers have pilfered Samsung know-how for use in its iPhone and iPad 2 devices. "To defend our intellectual property, Samsung filed a cross claim for Apple's violation of Samsung's wireless technology patents," said Nam Ki-Yung, a spokesman for Samsung Electronics.

This latest chapter in the daytime courtroom drama that is Apple's relationship with Samsung comes after a first shot from Apple saw Samsung's flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, banned from sale in Europe on the grounds that it had copied the iPad 2. The sales ban, which has since been lifted everywhere except Germany, was defended by Apple which said that the similarity in form factor between the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was "no coincidence" and that Samsung had engaged in "blatant copying."

What will the end result of all this legal tussling be? Probably nothing more exciting than an agreement to license the technology in question to the other party. But you never know: perhaps this time next year we'll be living in a world with no tablets at all.

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