Friday, April 20, 2012

(BN) Samsung Sues Apple Over Patents in U.S. After Settlement Talks Ordered

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Samsung Sues Apple Over Patents After Settlement Talks Ordered

April 20 (Bloomberg) -- Samsung Electronics Co. sued Apple Inc. again in the U.S. over patent infringements, one day after the companies were ordered by a federal court to discuss settling a year-long intellectual property dispute.

The maker of the Galaxy smartphones filed the additional suit on April 18 in the District Court for the Northern District of California, claiming Apple violated eight of its patents, Samsung said in an e-mailed statement today. The claim is in response to a February complaint by Apple, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said.

The world's two largest smartphone sellers have been suing each other on four continents since April last year when Cupertino, California-based Apple accused Samsung of copying its mobile devices. Their chief executive officers were ordered by the California court on April 17 to attend a settlement conference.

Steve Park, a Seoul-based spokesman for Apple, declined to comment beyond the company's previous statement that the iPhone maker needs to protect its innovations.

Both companies told the court they are willing to participate in the settlement conference, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose wrote in the April 17 order.

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