updated 01:55 pm EDT, Sat July 2, 2011
Samsung sheds US lawsuit against Apple
Samsung shifted focus late this week by dropping one of its lawsuits against Apple. It exited a US lawsuit on June 30 to "streamline" the legal process. The company stressed to Bloomberg in an interview that other lawsuits and ITC complaints would still go ahead, but that most of its focus in the San Jose-based court would be on defending and included two new patents in its counterclaim against Apple's case.
"Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property," the company's representative Nam Ki Yung said.
Action in the dispute between Apple and Samsung reached a peak this week. In addition to Samsung's two new legal complaints, Apple responded with a preliminary injunction request that would ban some of Samsung's most important phones and tablets. Both are most likely trying to bring the issue to a head and push one or the other to reach a settlement rather than wait months for ITC rulings or longer still for a trial.
Apple started the disputes in April when it accused Samsung of copying iPhone and iPad design with its Android hardware. While the Galaxy Tab's similarity is mostly limited to software, some versions of the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II and their software have hardware design traits that aren't normally part of Android and which have a noticeable resemblance to the iPhone.