“Apple Inc. sued rival Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) claiming that Samsung’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablet ‘slavishly’ copies the iPhone and iPad, according to court papers,” Dan Levine reports for Reuters.

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

Levine reports, “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… Apple is bringing 16 claims against Samsung, including unjust enrichment, trademark infringement and 10 patent claims. The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. et al, 11-1846.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers "Fred Mertz" and "Jen" for the heads up.]

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