A file photo shows the Apple logo on a building in San Francisco.  Apple won more than $1 billion in a massive victory on August 25, 2012 – File photo by AFP
A file photo shows the Apple logo on a building in San Francisco. Apple won more than $1 billion in a massive victory on August 25, 2012 – File photo by AFP

SEOUL: Samsung on Saturday accused Apple of resorting to litigation in an effort to limit consumer choice after the iPhone maker said it was seeking to stop the sale of Galaxy S III smartphones in the United States.    

Fresh from its one-billion-dollar court victory over Samsung Electronics Co, Apple Inc., in a separate case, asked a federal district court in San Jose, California, on Friday to add four more products to a list of Samsung goods that Apple says infringe its patents.

The new list of 21 products includes Samsung’s flagship smartphone Galaxy S III as well as the Galaxy Note, another popular Android phone. If the court finds those devices are infringing Apple’s patents and irreparably harming the US company, it could temporarily halt sales in the US market even before the trial begins.

The latest accusation is part of a larger, epic struggle over patents and innovation in one of the most lucrative consumer electronics sectors that is unfolding in 10 countries.

The biggest stakes are in the US, the world’s largest smartphone market in 2011.

Last month, a jury in the San Jose court found that Samsung had copied Apple’s design innovations and Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1.05 billion. Samsung has vowed to appeal the verdict, all the way to the US Supreme Court if necessary.

On Saturday, Samsung denounced Apple’s attempt to halt sales of the S III, which hit the 10 million global sales mark in July, less than three months after its release.

“Apple continues to resort to litigation over market competition in an effort to limit consumer choice,” Samsung said in a statement.

“We will continue to take the necessary legal measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products in the United States.”

The strong sales of the S III were crucial in driving Samsung’s quarterly profit to a record high in the last quarter and helped it stay ahead in the worldwide smartphone market.

In documents filed with San Jose federal district court on Friday, Apple said 21 Samsung smartphones, media players and tablets released after August 2011 were “copycat products.”

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smartphone and tablet computer products, Samsung has chosen to copy Apple’s technology, user interface, and innovative style,” Apple said in one document.

The Cupertino, California-based company claimed that Samsung is illegally using its eight patents. One patent is related to the way the device retrieves information in a computer system and another is about gestures on a touchscreen display to unlock a device.

Apple and Samsung are the world’s two largest smartphone makers and together they control over half of the global market. They are embroiled in similar legal tussles in Asia, Europe and the United States.

In April 2011, Apple first accused Samsung of illegally copying Apple’s design and technology in the smartphones powered by Google Inc.’s Android technology. Samsung countersued, arguing Apple’s iPhone and iPad used its wireless technology without permission.

Updated Sep 01, 2012 04:14pm

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Muhammad Liaqat Ali
Sep 03, 2012 05:18am
I think Steve Jobs knew that taking Samsung to court may end up as a double edged sword and I strongly believe this is how it has actually turned out to be. As a consequence of the legal battle between these two corporations Samsung may end up being barred from selling its products in US and Apple on the other hand would loose it esteemed reputation if its innovation streak reaches a saturation point and its horn lock with samsung turns out to be a mere act of furustration rather than the protection of its future innovations. I am not sure if Apple is aware of its situation but a lot is resting on the launch of Iphone 5 which should be a huge leap from not only Iphone 4S but also the latest smart phones from Samsung, HTC and Nokia. I can however pretty assure everyone readinf this that Iphone 5 won't be a huge leap over any existing device in the market today. With Androids not showing any impressive progress Nokia with its windows phone is bound to regain its market share in the next 2-3 years.
Sep 03, 2012 11:24am
Sad story Apple. What you think is your patent is just a slide to unlock the phone. I hope companies focus on competing in innovation rather than legal battles. Think about the selling price of phone too. Make your products accessible for more and more people by cutting the price.
Sep 03, 2012 09:35am
Rather 'apple' has re-born....
Hamza Farooq
Sep 02, 2012 07:13am
Please whoever made fridge wake-up and sue rest of the companies in world that he deisgned fridge with a door, and other manufacturer copied his style and did it in same way, user interface the handle was installed in same place even where they could have installed it on bottom or top , or make push to open fridge. I think apple ethics died with Steve.
Sep 02, 2012 11:21am
Steve and his apple have died. Now apple is trying to struggle by killing the competitors.
Ahmed Sultan (India)
Sep 03, 2012 06:01am
Steve has died apple has not.
Sep 01, 2012 06:36pm
Another perspective... Copyright means "Right to Copy"...
Sep 03, 2012 02:50pm
I think Apple is now turning from Market Leader ,who has brought real touch of class and has taken the user experience to a remarkable lever, to building itself as an empire where innovation shall die gradually and all "good feel" about "Apple" shall fade out.
Sep 02, 2012 09:22pm
Who ever thinks that Apple is dead must have a look through apple shares that are soaring day after day.
Sep 02, 2012 11:33pm
If this leads to the SIII being cheaper, then I'll stay quiet.
Truth Hurts
Sep 03, 2012 06:33am
Steve was the soul in Apple company. He is gone, Apple is so very very dead.....
Sep 02, 2012 01:25pm
I hope this should fuel more innovation in mobile design world instead of more legal wars.