LONDON – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has countersued Apple Inc. over alleged patent infringements, according to reports.
Samsung is a competitor to Apple, offering Galaxy Android-based smartphones and tablet computers, but also supplies the microprocessors and NAND flash memory that are the heart of Apple's latest iPhone and iPad systems.
Samsung said Friday (April 22) it filed lawsuits in South Korea and Germany Thursday claiming that Apple is violating 10 patents in the production of the iPad and iPhone. Samsung's suit comes one week after Apple filed a patent infringement suit against Samsung in U.S. District Court in Northern California and claimed that Samsung "slavishly" copied the look and feel of its iPhones and iPads with its own smartphone and media tablet offerings.
Observers have said the legal spat is not expected to endanger business relations in the short-term and are partly being made to appease shareholders. However, in the longer term Apple's dependence for chips on a key competitor at the systems level is looking to be problematic.
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