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Apple-Samsung Row Escalates
Last week, Samsung lost a bid in California to get copies of Apple’s next-generation widgets
By: Maureen O'Gara
Jul. 5, 2011 03:45 AM
Apple took its patent complaints against Samsung to the Korean's home turf last Wednesday, escalating the dispute in which it has accused Samsung of "slavishly" copying the iPad and iPhone's design and technology.
Samsung retaliated Tuesday by going to the International Trade Commission (ITC) and questioning the parentage of Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod. It's dreaming of an import ban.
Last week, Samsung lost a bid in California to get copies of Apple's next-generation widgets whereas Apple will get early versions of Samsung's next generation.
Samsung, a major supplier of memory chips and flat-panel screens to Apple, responded to Apple's original American suit by filing countersuits in Seoul, Tokyo, Mannheim, Germany, Italy, the UK and the US so Apple going to Korea was pretty inevitable.
Patent watcher Florian Mueller figures Apple will file in other jurisdictions as well and skip down the ITC too. He also thinks Apple will try for a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy family in federal court here.
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