Samsung fires back at Apple in Australia, report says

The South Korea-based company says Apple violates wireless patents with the iPhone and iPad.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been the subject of lawsuits as of late.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been the subject of lawsuits as of late. Samsung

Samsung has filed a counterclaim in Australia against Apple and its iOS-based devices as the bitter battle between the companies continues.

Samsung and Apple have been embroiled in a long struggle in Australia. Apple has charged that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 violates patents it holds. Though Samsung disagrees with that sentiment, the companies agreed earlier this year to a deal that would ban the sale of the U.S. version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Moreover, Samsung agreed to provide Apple with three samples of its Galaxy Tab 10.1, which Apple could then review and approve.

Last month, the dispute in the Land Down Under heated up after Samsung agreed to halt sales of its tablet until the patent dispute with Apple had been resolved. The company also agreed to stop advertising its device.

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With this latest move, Samsung has fired back, according to a Reuters report, saying in a court filing on Friday that the iPhone and iPad violate wireless technology patents it holds. In addition, the company said in a statement, according to Reuters, that Apple's claims against its Galaxy Tab 10.1 should be tossed out.

Samsung's wireless patents have seemingly become integral to its plans to take on Apple. The Korea Times today reported, citing sources, that Samsung plans to sue Apple over the iPhone 5 when that device launches, citing violations against its wireless communications patents.

Regardless, it's clear that neither Apple nor Samsung are ready to declare a truce. Aside from Australia and South Korea, the companies are engaged in lawsuit battles in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Most recently, Apple was awarded an injunction against Samsung that blocks the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany.

Neither Samsung nor Apple immediately responded to CNET's request for comment on the Australia lawsuit.

 

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