Samsung sued by Apple over phones

APPLE has sued rival Samsung Electronics claiming that Samsung’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablet “slavishly” copies the iPhone and iPad, according to court papers.

Galaxy products use Google’s Android operating system, the lawsuit says, which directly competes with Apple’s mobile software. However, Apple’s claims against Samsung focus on Galaxy’s design features, such as the look of its screen icons.

The lawsuit, filed on Friday, alleges Samsung violated Apple’s patents and trademarks. “This kind of blatant copying is wrong,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said in a statement. A Samsung representative could not immediately be reached for comment.