MAKER OF ITHINGS Apple is suing Samsung for allegedly copying its designs, while the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has recommended that HTC and Nokia should not be found liable for infringing Apple's patents.
The cappuccino company accused Samsung, a maker of rival smartphones and tablets, of "slavishly" copying its Iphone and Ipad devices.
"Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products," the complaint claims.
Apple alleges that Samsung copied the look of its devices, the icons for its applications and even the packaging the hardware comes in.
Apple spoksesperson Kristin Huguet said, "This kind of blatant copying is wrong."
Samsung's Galaxy Tab is seen by many as the strongest competitor to the Ipad, while Google used the Galaxy S as the basis to launch the Nexus S, the second Google sponsored Android smartphone on the market and a primary competitor to the Iphone.
The lawsuit could impact the relationship between the two companies, as Samsung makes a number of chips used in Apple products. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple paid Samsung around £3.7 billion in 2010 alone, making up a significant chunk of Samsung's revenue.
Samsung said it would actively defend the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, two of Apple's other lawsuits against HTC and Nokia could go pear-shaped after the ITC weighed in against the fruit themed company suggesting that the case be dropped.
Apple wants HTC smartphones that run Android and a number of Nokia devices to be banned from import into the US, claiming that both companies have infringed its patents.
HTC dismissed the charges, saying it was around long before Apple and that it and Google made fundamentally different choices from what is covered in Apple's patents, which relate to signal processing and inter-process communications.
Nokia said that Apple only brought up the patent claim after Nokia sought royalties from the company in a separate dispute, according to Bloomberg.
Both HTC and Nokia are involved in countersuits against Apple, but the ITC has already indicated that Apple is not infringing Nokia's patents, suggesting it might recommend a similar outcome for HTC's case.
The results of Apple's ITC complaints against Nokia and HTC should be revealed in June for Nokia and August for HTC. µ
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