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UPDATE: Samsung hits back after Apple files lawsuit claiming it copied iPhone and iPad

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Updated 23.04.11

Samsung has retaliated in its legal battle with Apple, the South Korean electronics giant counter-suing Apple for alleged infringment of ten patents covering areas such as data transmission and wireless technology.

Earlier this week Apple file a lawsuit against Samsung claiming the latter had copied designs of its iPhone and iPad (see original story below).

The legal wrangle comes just a few days before Samsung launches the new version of its Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy S II, seen as a rival to the iPhone.

Published 19.04.11

Apple has filed a lawsuit claiming Samsung has copied its "technology, user interface and innovative style" with its mobile phones and Galaxy Tab.

Samsung has already responded by saying it would take counter-action, despite Apple being the Korean company's second-largest client (for semiconductors and display panels) in 2010.

The statement claimed Samsung had violated various Apple patents and trademarks.

"Rather than innovate and develop its own technology... [Samsung] chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products."

Apple is no stranger to lawsuits, having been invoved in disputes with companies such as Amazon, HTC, Microsoft and Motorola, amongst others.

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Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys playing records and cycling (not at the same time).