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Apple sues Samsung for Copying 'External Appearance' of iPhone and iPad

In the never ending legal war between the two frenemies Apple and Samsung, some new patent infringement allegations have been made, Apple Insider reports.

Media reports revealed recently that Apple has issued a new note of infringement to Samsung in Australia. Initially, it was suggested that Apple's claims are related to the design of accessories, cases in particular, specifically created by the Cupertino-based company to accommodate iPhones and iPads.

However, Samsung has since moved to correct the reports: "We would like to clarify that the additional claims filed by Apple in Australia do not relate to protective case accessories, as has been indicated in some media reports. In fact, the intellectual property asserted are patents related to the utility of mobile devices and design rights related to the external appearance of devices."

This latest action is just one battle in a fierce legal war in which both sides have filed about 30 suits against each other.

Another important issue, being discussed in a Sydney court relates to Samsung's accusation that iPhone models from the 3GS onwards, as well as the iPad 2, infringe Samsung's patent on wireless transmissions over 3G networks. This case is scheduled for March, though Apple's lawyers are doing their best to delay it.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.