Samsung Counter Sues Apple For Patent Infringement In Korea, Japan & Germany

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Apple had sued Samsung earlier in the week for blatantly copying iPhone and iPad.

Not surprisingly, in response to Apple’s lawsuit, Samsung has counter sued Apple in South Korea, Japan and Germany, alleging it infringed patents related to mobile-communications technologies.

Reuters reports:

“Samsung is responding actively to the legal action taken against us in order to protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business,” the statement said.

The lawsuit in Seoul cites five patent infringements, the lawsuit in Japan cites two and the one in Germany cites three alleged violations.

During Apple’s earning call earlier in the week, Apple’s COO Tim Cook had this to say about the dispute:

We are Samsung’s largest customer, and Samsung is a very valued component supplier to us.

Separately from this, we felt the mobile communication division of Samsung had “crossed the line”.

After spending some time trying to work on the issue, we decided to go to the courts.

Chang Sea Jin, a business professor at National University of Singapore explains how this will play out:

Apple is trying to annoy Samsung – they’re throwing a ball at Samsung to keep them in check.

This is strictly business. The typical way to deal with cases like this is to counter sue. It’s not between the management of Samsung and Apple, their lawyers will work it out.

It will be interesting to see Apple’s next move. Where do you think this is heading?

[via Reuters, Bloomberg]