The latest patent battle in the mobile space has just been kicked up a notch. Samsung is asking the International Trade Commission to ban imports of Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, which the company claims infringe its intellectual property.
Apple fired the first salvo in this fight, claiming that Samsung technology, including the Galaxy line of phones and tablets, infringe Apple's patents. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company asked the court to enjoin production of the infringing devices, and for actual and punitive damages, as well as money for "corrective advertising." Unfazed, Samsung shot right back, filing suits in Japan, South Korea and Germany. They alleged the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch violated 10 different mobile technology patents and asked for an injunction and damages.
The lawsuits pit Apple against its largest chip maker, according to CNN Money. And the latest round in the ITC may be a pre-emptive strike on Samsung's part. Citing FOSS Patents blogger Florian Mueller, Philip Elmer-DeWitt explains:
Apple was expected to ask the ITC for a similar ban on Samsung's Galaxy product line.
Mueller's coverage includes detailed information about the filings and exactly what Samsung is asserting. He also notes that the companies seem headed for "an ugly divorce."