Apple Faces Samsung Counterclaim in Oz

     (CN) – Samsung Electronics deepened the rift with Apple by filing patent-infringement claims in Australia over their latest cell phones and tablet computers.
     Apple’s iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 products infringe on “7 Australian patents owned by Samsung related to wireless communications standards,” according to a press release that describes a cross-claim the Korean tech giant filed in Sidney with the Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales Registry.
     In August, Apple sued Samsung in Australia for patent violations and an injunction, which forced Samsung to delay launching its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer there.
     The launch, which was planned for mid-August, is now on hold pending a ruling on whether Samsung violated Apple’s iPad patents.
     The global fight started in April when Apple sued Samsung in a U.S. federal court, claiming Samsung’s Galaxy cell phones and tablet computers “slavishly copy” the design and function of Apple’s iPhone and iPad, and that Samsung “even misappropriated Apple’s distinctive product packaging.”
     In Europe, courts in Germany and the Netherlands have barred Samsung from selling the Galaxy tablet and phones in the European Union. The German court recently granted a second injunction .
     The two firms have also sued each other in Japan. Apple made the most recent filing last month when it hit Samsung with a counterclaim.

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