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Apple sues Samsung for iPad ‘copy’

April 19, 2011

Apple is suing Samsung Electronics for allegedly copying the design of its iPad and iPhone. In the latest of a flurry of patent breach and copying law suits between technology firms and CE makers, Apple claims Samsung’s Galaxy range of mobile phones and tablet “slavishly” copy the iPhone and iPad, according to the filing.

Apple’s claims focus on Galaxy’s design features, such as the look of its screen icons. Samsung said it had conducted its own research and development and would contest the allegations. Galaxy devices use Google’s Android operating system, which directly competes with Apple’s mobile software. Apple said: “This kind of blatant copying is wrong.”

“Samsung’s development of core technologies and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio are keys to our continued success,” the Korean company said in a statement.

Samsung is a supplier of microchips to Apple.

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