The ongoing legal spat between Apple and Samsung shows no signs of abating as the Korean electronics firm swings the latest punch.
The latest lawsuit between the sparring pair has been landed in Australia and Japan, and is aimed at Apple’s new hot-selling pride and joy, the iPhone 4S.
Samsung had started shouting about how Apple had been nicking its ideas for the 4S before the handset had even been released, and now judges in the two countries will be the next to hear Samsung’s tale.
The company had already been saying the same to courts in Italy and France, where patent infringement was claimed, but Samsung says that it has now had enough and has released an angry statement.
“Apple has continued to violate our patent rights and free ride on our technology. We will no longer stand idly by and will steadfastly protect our intellectual property.”
But whether any courts are likely to believe Samsung’s story that it is so terribly hard done by, and give it backing against that big mean bully Apple is another story.
Indeed it looks like Samsung is getting ever more desperate in its attempts to hit back against Apple’s own lawsuits which currently have Samsung’s tablet devices on the ropes in numerous countries.
A judge in the US ruled against Samsung in a case put forward by Apple last week, and though the validity of Apple’s patents still needs to be proven, it looks bad for the Galaxy Tab which has already been taken off the shelves in some countries.
In fact one of the countries where Samsung has been worst hit has been Australia, with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 receiving a ban over patent infringement, so it is perhaps little surprise that Samsung has taken its fight back down under.
However it does not look too good for Samsung as they have already had a call for a preliminary injunction turned down, which means that Apple wont immediately be affected, and doesn’t bode well for the full case.