Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy 'slavishly' copying products

Apple has filed papers to sue Samsung Electronics, claiming the Galaxy line of tablet and phones "slavishly" copies Apple's iPhone and iPad.

Apple Inc filed a lawsuit on Friday (EDT) suing Samsung Electronics for "slavishly" copying the iPhone and iPad with its Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablet, according to court papers.

The lawsuit focuses on claims against design features, such as the how the screen icons look, and claims Samsung violated Apple patents and trademarks.  It also notes that in earlier versions of Samsung smart phones didn't toe the Apple line, and had a variety of looks, including different shaped screen icons.

Apple is bringing 16 claims against Samsung, including unjust enrichment, trademark infringement and 10 patent claims.

"This kind of blatant copying is wrong," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said in a statement.

A Samsung spokesperson said "Samsung's development of core technologies and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio are keys to our continued success. Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property."

Reuters reported that this isn't the first smart phone law suit by a long shot, and that a host of suits have been launched between phone makers and software firms about who owns the patent, including Nokia, who sued Apple, who then sued HTC Corp.

The case is in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and is called Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. et al, 11-1846.

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