Apple-Samsung Patent War Heats Up, Apple Files Complaint with ITC

iPhone maker Apple has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission, seeking to prevent Samsung from selling its Galaxy S Smartphone and the Galaxy Tab tablet PC device.

The Apple complaint refutes the patent infringement claims made by Samsung, in which it tried to block the sales of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the US. Apple claims in the latest ITC filing that Samsung infringes on seven of its patents related to product design.

Apple’s ITC complaint comes days after it filed a similar request in the in federal court in San Jose, California, seeking to put a halt on the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4G, Infuse 4G, Droid Charge and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

“Many of Apple's innovations have become so popular and so recognized that they have become virtually synonymous with Apple's products and the Apple brand,” the Apple complaint read.

“As a result, Apple's innovations and products have been the subject of widespread imitation by Apple's competitors. Others have attempted to capitalize on Apple's success by copying its innovative technology, distinctive user interface and overall product design", it states.

Samsung, incidentally, is a huge supplier of chips to Apple, which are used in its market leading product. Whatever the outcome of the on-going lawsuits, the sun will certainly set on the fruitful partnership.