Samsung initiates Korean lawsuit against Apple


8 March 2012

by Stephen Gregory

Samsung is suing Apple in South Korea over the alleged infringement of three of its patents.

The Korean company claims that in its iPhone 4S and iPad 2 Apple violate patents relating to a split screen feature, its user interface design and some photo display features.

"Samsung has today filed a lawsuit against Apple in the Seoul Central District Court over its continued infringement of three utility patents in its iPhone 4S and iPad 2," Samsung said in a statement.

"This lawsuit is separate from the proceedings filed against Apple in Seoul in April 2011 regarding infringement of telecommunications standards-related patents."

The filing of this latest lawsuit in Seoul’s Central District Court marks the latest in a long succession of intellectual property tussles between the electronics titans as they compete in the lucrative smartphone market.  Currently the two companies are in the midst of around 30 different patent disputes in nine countries around the globe.

When Samsung sued Apple in April 2010, Apple also lodged a lawsuit against Samsung in the United States in the same month. The American company claims that Samsung’s highly successful Galaxy tablets and smartphones “slavishly” copied its iPhone and iPad models.

However, it appears that Apple may be seeking an end to hostilities, with Dow Jones reporting that they have offered to pay patent holders, including Samsung, 1-2.5% of the profits from each smartphone sold in royalties.

A spokesman for Samsung said: "We can't answer whether Apple made such a proposal or not, but we can say that there's no change in our position."

The lawsuit coincides with the release in America of Apple’s new iPad this week.

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