Apple Sues Samsung In South Korea
Apple is bringing its latest lawsuit against Samsung to the electronic giant’s home turf, filing another patent case against in South Korea, in the latest in an ongoing spate of courtroom battles between the two companies.
Apple drew first blood when it sued Samsung over striking similarities between the Galaxy line, including the Nexus S and the Epic 4G, and its own iPhone.
Last week, Judge Lucy Kohl asked the two firms to play nice and Apple’s attorney reported that the two sides were talking outside of court. But Samsung released a statement saying Apple’s claim of negotiation talks were false and the two sides had never met.
Apple’s newest filing in South Korea indicates that if the two sides were ever meeting, the talks most certainly have broken down. These latest statements and allegations mark a new level of disagreement and contention between both companies, especially since Apple is now taking on Samsung on its home turf.
“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” said Steve Park, spokesman for Apple Korea.
While the two companies remain entangled in messy patent litigation that spans the globe, their lucrative relationship as supplier and consumer hangs in the balance.
Last year, Apple was Samsung’s second largest customer, purchasing $5.7 billion dollars’ worth of parts from the company. Regardless of their legal troubles the companies have expressed interest in keeping this relationship intact. At this point they may have to, just to afford their legal bills.