Apple launches new legal attack on Samsung phones

Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:35pm EST

The company's logo is seen on the Apple store in Washington October 6, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The company's logo is seen on the Apple store in Washington October 6, 2011.

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(Reuters) - Apple Inc has asked a federal court in California to block Samsung Electronics Co Ltd from selling its new Galaxy Nexus smartphones, alleging patent violations.

In a suit filed last week in San Jose, Apple said the Galaxy Nexus infringes on patents underlying features customers expect from its products. Those include the ability to unlock phones by sliding an image and to search for information by voice.

Samsung spokespersons did not immediately return requests for comment.

With the new suit, Apple is opening up another legal assault on the Korea-based company after taking Samsung to the same court in April of last year. In the earlier case, Apple alleges that Samsung illegally copied iPhone and iPad design features and the look of its screen icons. [nN18125665] That case is still going on, though in December Apple lost a bid for a preliminary bar against Samsung for selling Galaxy phones and tablets.

Apple acknowledged the setback in the new action and said now it is suing over new products and different patents.

In addition to the California cases, Apple and Samsung are waging more than 20 legal fights in at least 10 countries in their war for global leadership of smartphone and tablet markets.

The new case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, is Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, et a 12-00630.

(Reporting by David Henry in New York.)

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Comments (5)
McBob08 wrote:
Apple is looking pretty desperate and pathetic in its attempts to copyright things that shouldn’t be copywritten. Are they really that afraid of competition?

Feb 12, 2012 8:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ming_on_mongo wrote:
So now Apple’s trying to control HOW voice recognition can be used?! Instead of out-innovating the competition like they used to do, instead it looks like they’re really starting to behave more and more like Microsoft did in its old unpleasant “monopolistic” days. BTW, the current issue of Harper’s Magazine has an interesting article on how Apple controls its workers these days, not just in China, but also in Cupertino, and it’s an eye-opener.

Feb 12, 2012 10:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bryanK wrote:
When is Apple going to realize that this ridiculous legal action is eventually going to hurt them. Innovation and having the best products is how it works. Unfortunately, Apple isn’t bringing the best product and other companies like Samsung are giving their customers more and better choices. The law suits are starting to look like desperation.

Feb 12, 2012 11:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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