Samsung has dropped 1 lawsuit against Apple, but it's more of an operational shift rather than a change of heart.
Bloomberg reported that Samsung has dropped one of its lawsuits it filed against Apple in the US. However, it's defending its patent infringe counterclaim against Apple in a US Apple lawsuit against Samsung.
A Samsung spokesperson said the move was to streamline the legal proceedings and that Samsung lawsuits against Apple in other countries will proceed.
The Apple-Samsung legal war is as fierce as the companies' competition in the smartphone and tablet markets. Directly related to that fierce competition are Apple's and Samsung's legal attempts to get the US government to halt the sales of each other's new devices in the US market.
Apple claims that the core concept of Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets, especially the look and feel of them, are copied from Apple products.
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, said an Apple spokesperson, reported Dow Jones.
Samsung's countersuit claims that Apple has infringed on Samsung's telecommunications technology patents. More specially, a Samsung spokesperson listed the following grievances in an email to cnet:
- HSPA telecommunications technology for transmission optimization and the reduction of power usage during data transmission
- WCDMA telecommunications technology for reducing date transmission errors
- Technology for tethering a mobile phone to a PC to enable the PC to utilize the phone's wireless data connection