Apple sued Samsung just about a week ago, filing a patent infringement lawsuit alleging that the Galaxy range of devices by Samsung were copied from the Apple iPhone and iPad. It was a very bold move by Apple, considering that Samsung is a major component supplier for Apple products.
Today, as expected, Samsung has fired back at Apple, filing 10 different patent infringement claims against Apple over the iPhone and the iPad. The lawsuits were filed in South Korea, Japan and Germany and are related to “power reduction during data transmission, 3G technology for reducing errors during data transmission, and wireless data communication technology.”
“On April 21, Samsung Electronics filed a lawsuit in the Seoul Central District Court, Korea against Apple Inc. citing five patent infringements. Separately, Samsung filed a suit in a court in Tokyo, Japan citing two patent infringements, and in Manheim, Germany citing three patent infringements.
Samsung is responding actively to the legal action taken against us in order to protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business.” the official statement said.
Samsung’s Galaxy S has been the most popular Android phone of the year, and the closest competitor of the iPhone. Samsung also plans to launch the Galaxy S 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 soon, which will compete with the iPhone 4/5 (which will be launching late this year) and the iPad 2.