Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Smartphones, Tablets

Apple has filed a lawsuit against rival Samsung, claiming the South Korean electronics giant copied the design of its iPhone and iPad devices.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company is alleging that Samsung’s Galaxy products, including the Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Nexus S and Galaxy Tab, infringed on the look and feel of its iPhone and iPad.

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smartphone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy our technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products,” Apple said in the lawsuit.

Samsung, which makes microchips used in some Apple devices, said it would “actively” respond to the lawsuit.

“Our development of core technologies and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio are keys to our continued success,” said Kim Titus, a Samsung representative.

Apple, which is currently involved in a web of litigation with Nokia and HTC, among others, over the patents used in smartphones, has brought 16 claims against Samsung, including unjust enrichment, trademark infringement and 10 patent claims.

In November, Apple hired top patent lawyers who have fought for, and against, some of the world’s largest tech companies, including Microsoft, Intel and Broadcom, to prepare for an intellectual property war against deep-pocketed rivals.

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