Samsung sues over iPhone 5 in latest clash

SAMSUNG yesterday said it had launched legal proceedings in the US over the iPhone 5, claiming Apple has used the Korean firm’s own technology.

In the latest in a string of lawsuits around the globe between the two technology giants, Samsung claims the latest iPhone model infringes on patents regarding sending music and video files between devices. The company has already claimed that older models of the iPhone, as well as the iPad, had used Samsung’s technology.

The lawsuit comes on the heels of Samsung being ordered to pay Apple $1.05bn (£650m) for copying the iPhone’s design in its own handsets. In August, a California jury found that Apple design patents had been infringed.

Samsung said yesterday: “We have always preferred to compete in the marketplace with our innovative products, rather than in a courtroom.

“However, Apple continues to take aggressive legal action that will restrict market competition. Under these circumstances, we have little recourse but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.”

The Korean company also managed to overturn a US sales ban on its iPad rival, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, yesterday.

While the tablet is an older model, the lifting of the ban could help Samsung in the run-up to Christmas.

Apple may still win permanent sales bans on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, as well as a number of other Samsung smartphones and tablets, if it is successful in upcoming court proceedings.