Apple is attempting to have sales of the Samsung Galaxy S3 banned in the United States, alleging that the device infringes on patents.
CNet reports that the US vendor has decided to launch yet another patent infringement lawsuit after the device went on sale in the UK last month and a few weeks before the scheduled US launch dates.
Apparently, two software related patents have allegedly been violated, one covering unified search and the other covering links.
“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging, This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas,” said an Apple statement.
However, Samsung has rejected the allegations as being “without merit”.
“We will vigorously oppose the request and demonstrate to the court that the Galaxy S III is innovative and distinctive,” said a Samsung spokesman. “We would also like to assure consumers that the U.S. launch and sales of the Galaxy S III will proceed as planned. The Galaxy S III has already been highly received in markets where it has been introduced. Samsung looks forward to bringing the Galaxy S III to the U.S., and we believe that Apple’s actions would only serve to disrupt consumers’ access to the latest innovative mobile technology.”