Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung announced that it had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against rival Apple in France, over its iPhone and iPad devices.
Samsung said in the lawsuit, which was filed in the district court in Paris, that Apple violates three of its mobile technology patents in its iPhone and iPad devices. Samsung pointed out that the lawsuit was for mobile technology rather than product design.
According to AFP (opens in new tab), the company said that it had filed the complaint back in July.
“The complaint focuses on three technology patents, and not on the design of the tablets,” a Samsung spokesperson said.
Sources familiar with the lawsuit told AFP that the three patents cited by Samsung in the lawsuit are related to UMTS, a type of third generation mobile phone technology.
The lawsuit names Apple's iPhone 3G and 3GS and iPhone 4 and its first and second generation iPad tablet as devices infringing on its patents.
Samsung and Apple have been on a warpath for some time now, with the iPhone maker filing lawsuits on almost every continent on Earth, alleging that Samsung has copied the designs for the iPhone and iPad in its own smartphones and tablet devices.