“Samsung Electronics said Tuesday it would take counter-action against Apple after the US firm filed suit alleging that the South Korean giant copied its smartphones and tablet computers,” AFP reports.

“Apple’s lawsuit claims Samsung’s mobile phones and Galaxy Tab imitated the iPhone and the iPad,” AFP reports. ‘Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property,’ the South Korean firm said in a statement… ‘Apple is one of our key buyers of semiconductors and display panels. However, we have no choice but respond strongly this time,’ an unidentified official was quoted as saying.”

AFP reports, “Apple accused Samsung of copying the look, product design, packaging and user interface of its products, in a lawsuit filed Friday with a US District Court in San Francisco and quoted by the Wall Street Journal. ‘Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smartphone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products,’ the Journal quoted Apple’s complaint as saying.”

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