Samsung and Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) have always been at loggerheads and now they have carried their rivalry to the court. Samsung had sued Apple stating grounds of patent infringement and now they plan to include the iPhone 5 in their current lawsuits. The pre-orders for iPhone 5 have crossed 2 million and the product will be available in stores from Friday.
Both technology giants have been embroiled in a legal battle concerning patent infringement in 10 countries and are leaving no stone unturned to achieve supremacy in the ever-growing smartphone market. The companies are also actively marketing their latest products so that the sales figures shoot up during the holiday season.
Samsung is firm in its stand that the iPhone 5 will be in violation of the patents in question like its predecessors. A company spokesperson further commented that Apple’s aggressive legal steps will cut down competition and Samsung is only protecting their own property.
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Apple countered the accusation by saying that all their products are authentic and for the benefit of customers, not for any one else to blatantly copy features. Apple has recently won a case against Samsung, where the latter was found guilty of infringing Apple’s patents and had to shell out a billion as damages.
There was also no evidence to support Samsung’s claim that Apple had copied features from any of their products, but the fight is still on. Samsung was ranked as the top smartphone company in the 2nd quarter of 2012 as it shipped more than 50 million phones, as compared to Apple’s 26 million shipments.
Apple’s win has affected Google as well, because its Android software was being used in many of the products that have violated patents.