Apple files new patent suit against Samsung in South Korea

News Sean Fallon 09:43, Jun 24 2011

Apple is taking its patent dispute with Samsung to its home turf in South Korea

The ongoing patent feud between Apple and Samsung continues to heat up as Apple files suit in Samsung's home country of South Korea. 

If you have been keeping tabs, Apple fired the first salvo against Samsung back in April, claiming that the company copied its iPhone and iPad design in the Galaxy line of devices.

Shortly thereafter, Samsung fired back with patent infringement claims of its own in South Korea, Japan and Germany.

As part of the US claim, Samsung was forced to show Apple lawyers the unreleased Galaxy S2, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Infuse 4G, and DROID Charge. However, Samsung was recently denied a similar courtesy when they requested to see upcoming iPhone 5 and iPad 3 designs

The situation is further complicated by the fact that Apple is one of Samsung's largest components buyers.

There were recent rumors that Apple and Samsung execs have held meetings to resolve ther patent disputes, but news from Bloomberg regarding the new lawsuit in South Korea proves that is unlikely. The situation is only getting worse. 

Both sides appear to have legitimate claims, but it will be interesting to see whether or not the fight will be harder to win for Apple on Samsung's home turf. 

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