Apple who claims that Samsung does not invent Smartphones but steals other people’s designs and technology, has filed another complaint against the Korean Company.
This time they have asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the U.S. importation of Samsung smartphones and tablet computers claiming that Samsung is illegally copying its patented technology used in iPhones and iPads.
The Wall Street Journal said that Apple’s latest move comes after it asked a California federal judge last week to issue a preliminary injunction barring Samsung from selling its recently released smartphone and tablet products. The Samsung devices targeted by Apple in include the Galaxy S 2 which is set to be launched on the Telstra network phone and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer.
“One of the principal infringers of Apple’s intellectual property is electronics giant Samsung,” Apple said in its 26-page
complaint, filed Tuesday but posted online Wednesday by the ITC. “Samsung has followed each of Apple’s groundbreaking products with imitation products that incorporate Apple’s technology and distinctive design.”
The ITC can’t award monetary damages in patent infringement cases, but the trade body is an appealing legal option for patent holders, particularly tech companies, because it can issue orders that stop infringing products from being imported into the U.S. Such a ban can be a powerful weapon in highly competitive technology markets. The ITC also tends to adjudicate patent cases more quickly than the U.S. court system.
Samsung filed its own ITC patent complaint against Apple last week, seeking to exclude certain iPhone and iPad models from the U.S. market. Samsung also has countersued Apple in several countries.