You know what happens in the world of technology when a company instigates a lawsuit against another for patent infringements and copying their gadgets?
That’s right, they fire a counter-suit back accusing the original firm of violating their patents. It’s what happened between Nokia and Apple, and now Samsung and Apple.
Apple picked Samsung as its latest legal victim earlier this week, bringing some sixteen claims against the company, ten of them patent claims. The broad accusation was Samsung had engaged in blatant copying of Apple’s magical gadgets.
Samsung’s volley of return fire, Reuters reports, consists of ten claims of infringement of mobile technology patents which the company wants compensating for. Equalling Apple’s ten patent claims, funnily enough. Tit-for-tat indeed.
Reuters notes that the bad feeling which has erupted between the two companies could have potential knock-on effects when it comes to Samsung supplying Apple with components (or not as the case may be).
Samsung’s stock has just dipped by 2.5% this morning (with Apple’s going up by about the same amount).