Apple has turned to the courts in a bid to disrupt the US launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3, claiming the third-generation Galaxy handset infringes at least two of its patents.
The Californian company made the discovery after analysing a model bought in the UK when it launched last month, according to reports.
Samsung claims Apple’s request is “without merit” and, if reports are to be believed, the Korean giant plans to go ahead with the device’s US launch, set for 21 June.
It follows hot off the heels of another complaint bought forward by Apple in which it claimed the Galaxy Nexus, which launched in November last year, infringed similar patents.
Apple’s lawyer Mark Lyon wrote: "The Galaxy S3 will... irreparably harm Apple for the same reasons as the Galaxy Nexus, but on a much greater scale."
"The central premise of Samsung's opposition to Apple's motion for a preliminary injunction was that the Galaxy Nexus had not sold sufficiently well to cause severe enough harm to Apple.
“While that argument is legally and factually untenable, it is entire inapplicable with respect to the Galaxy S3, which reportedly will sell phenomenally well immediately upon launch."
The iKit-maker claims the Galaxy S3's ability to allow users to scan files and sources through a unified search interface, and to detect data patterns and perform the necessary actions in response, infringes two of its patents.
It comes as Apple allegedly prepares to launch the iPhone 5 later this year – its first handset since the death of its influential leader Steve Jobs.
A Samsung statement read: "Samsung believes Apple's request is without merit. We will vigorously oppose the request and demonstrate to the court that the Galaxy S3 is innovative and distinctive... We believe that Apple's actions would only serve to disrupt consumers' access to the latest innovative mobile technology."
This isn’t the first time the two tech giants have been at loggerheads. Several design and patent disputes have seen the two square off in the legal arena.
Things got so out of control that a judge ordered the chief execs of both companies to meet up in San Francisco to settle their differences last month, however, they failed to reach a settlement.
Samsung Galaxy S3: Specs
Officially unveiled earlier this month, the S3 is bigger, better and more powerful than its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S2, landing with a 4.8-inch screen and Android’s latest 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
It also features an eye-tracking system which prevents the screen from dimming or turning off while in use.
It was initially expected that the S3 will sport a 12-megapixel camera following a bout of rumours, but instead it's got the same 8-megapixel snapper as the S2, which also boasts full HD 1080p video capabilities.
The front camera sports a 1.9MP sensor and can capture 720p video at the same time as taking a still picture.
Other features include S Voice, a Siri-esque voice command software designed by Vlingo. However, as our reviewer pointed out, it lacks “Siri’s wit and whimsy,” adding, “so you’re best sticking to straightforward commands.”
Also on board the features bandwagon is Smart Call, a clever feature that dials a contact’s number for you by raising the phone to your ear from the contact details screen.