Samsung: "Apple Violated Our Patents in Communications....Considering a Counterclaim"

on April 18th, diTii reported that Apple had filed a lawsuit against Samsung for blatantly copying of their iPhone and iPad in Galaxy S series. Now, Korean electronics giant Samsung has responded to Apple's patent-infringment lawsuit against them. "Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect […]

on April 18th, diTii reported that Apple had filed a lawsuit against Samsung for blatantly copying of their iPhone and iPad in Galaxy S series. Now, Korean electronics giant Samsung has responded to Apple's patent-infringment lawsuit against them. "Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property," a Samsung spokesman Chung Jae-woong said, as reported by the AFP.

It appear that Samsung is annoyed by the accusation, as Jae-woong told Korea's Yonhap News Agency that his company is considering legal action agains Apple. "We think Apple has violated our patents in communications standards," he said. "We're considering a counterclaim."

"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. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas," an Apple rep told the WSJ's Mobilized blog.

In addition to Apple's claims that Samsung is violating some of Cupertino's core-technology patents, the lawsuit also cites a number of allegedly violated design patents, which, unlike utility patents, deal with what in patentese is called "trade dress" -- essentially what a product looks like and not how it operates.

"Samsung's Galaxy Tab computer tablet ... slavishly copies a combination of several elements of the Apple Product Configuration Trade Dress," Apple's suit reads, citing Samsung's fondleslab as having -- quelle horreur! -- such purportedly Apple patent -- protected design elements as a rectangular design with rounded corners and a black border.

[Via: The Register]