Samsung Readies for Long Legal Battle with Apple

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Samsung Electronics Co. voluntarily dropped one of its lawsuits against Apple Inc. as part of an effort to streamline legal proceedings.

“We are continuing to actively defend our intellectual property rights,” Samsung spokesman Kim Titus said.

Samsung’s decision was taken after a discussion with the court on 17 June. “It would be in the interest of judicial and administrative efficiency,” Samsung said in the filing.

Apple reiterated an earlier statement accusing Samsung of building products similar to Apple’s popular iPhone and iPad mobile devices. However, Samsung says it is “competing” with Apple and not “copying” from Apple.

Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said, “This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

Apple initially sued Samsung in April, accusing the electronics giant of “slavishly” copying the look, product design, packaging and user interface of its mobile devices. The two companies are embattled in multiple lawsuits in several countries and even the International Trade Commission.

Analysts say the stakes are high, as sales of mobile devices are expected to keep growing at a rapid clip for the foreseeable future. As a result, nearly all mobile-device makers are actively suing or defending themselves in lawsuits against one another as they attempt to either block one another’s efforts or grab some share of their competitor’s success.

Arabiangazette.com had earlier reported on how increasingly it has become important for companies to be on the safe side with patents, so as to remain competitive and grab marketshare; with Nortel’s patents being sold off for USD 4.5bn.

Sources: Wall Street Journal

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