Samsung Countersues Apple

Responds to Mac attack by making its own claim of patent violation

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Last week, Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung for copyright and patent infringements, accusing Samsung of copying Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Now, Samsung is launching countersuits in Japan, South Korea, and Germany claiming that the Apple devices infringe on its own technology patents.

The Samsung suit names 10 patents that it believes Apple has violated, including ones involving wireless data communication technology, 3G technology for reducing errors during data transmission, and power reduction.

Samsung, whose products rely on Google’s Android operating system, has become Apple’s biggest competition in the tablet market. But Apple is also Samsung’s second biggest client, purchasing $5.7 billion dollars worth of components like LCD displays and chips from the company last year, which means that the lawsuits could have serious repercussions for both litigants’ businesses.

@adweekemma Emma Bazilian is Adweek's features editor.
Publish date: April 22, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT