Samsung sues Apple again despite agreeing to talks

20 Apr 2012

Samsung has launched another patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in the US, Bloomberg reports, despite the CEOs of the two companies agreeing to meet to resolve their global intellectual property dispute.

Samsung filed its suit on 18 April in the District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that Apple has violated eight of its patents. In an emailed statement to Bloomberg, Samsung said the legal action was in response to a complaint Apple made in February.

On 17 April, US District Judge Lucy Koh ordered the two companies to meet for a settlement conference concerning the ongoing wranglings, to be led by a magistrate judge based in San Francisco.

As a result, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung are due to meet, accompanied by their legal counsels. Koh is overseeing one of the cases between the companies filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the trial for which is scheduled for July.

The global patent dispute was triggered by Apple when it accused Samsung of “slavishly” copying its iPhone and iPad designs for the Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets in a US lawsuit in April 2011.

The companies have since sued each other for infringement of design and technology patents in a number of markets including Australia, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and South Korea. Apple is also battling Motorola Mobility in a number of court cases in Germany and the US.


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