“Apple Inc. is bringing its patent fight with Samsung Electronics Co. over smartphones and tablet computers to South Korea,” The Associated Press reports.

“Apple spokesman Steve Park said Friday that the company filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Seoul Central District Court,” AP reports. “Park said the Cupertino, California-based company needs ‘to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.'”

Full article here.

Evan Ramstad and In-Soo Nam report for The Wall Street Journal, “Apple makes the same product-copying claims against Samsung that it made in the U.S. two months ago. As it did in the original suit, Apple in the new case alleges that Samsung copied the look and feel of its iPhone and iPad products for smartphones and tablet computers that Samsung released last year and this year.”

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“The case is one of several lawsuits Apple is involved in, including ones with other competitors such as Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and HTC Corp. as the smartphone industry becomes more competitive,” Ramstad and Nam report. “Samsung executives in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in May denied Apple’s allegation that it copied the design of the iPhone and iPad for its Galaxy smartphones and tablet computers.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, what resemblance?

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

“To local media, Samsung executives portrayed Apple’s allegations as an attempt to hold back Samsung and an ‘attack on our pride,’ leading to news coverage that suggested the U.S. company is trying to arrest South Korea’s economic development.”

MacDailyNews Take: What pride?

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, this is great and all, but doesn’t Samsung own South Korea? ;-)

Seriously, Samsung accounts for around 1/5th of South Korea’s total exports. Good luck to Seoul Central District Court in the impartiality department – even in the face of obvious and blatant trade dress infringement.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “GetMeOnTop” for the heads up.]

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