It looks as if the increasingly bitter patent battle between Apple and Samsung is going to rumble on and on and on……and on.
It emerged today that Samsung has counter-sued Apple in an Australian court, following the South Korean manufacturer’s decision to delay the launch (in Australia) of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 last month due to Apple's claim that Samsung had infringed design patents.
Samsung filed the claim with the Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales Registery, on September 16, a statement released by Samsung Electronics Australia said. It claims that Apple has infringed seven Australian patents owned by Samsung and relating to wireless communications standards by Apple's iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 products.
The counter-claim in Australia comes at the same time as Samsung has confirmed its decision to appeal against the ban imposed on them in Germany, preventing the sale of any of its Galaxy Tab slates.
With the battle dating back to April, and Apple claiming that Samsung is “slavishly copying” its smartphone and tablet design, it could be some time before the war is won, with both sides in for the long haul it seems.
Legal cases are currently active in Europe, Australia, the United States and South Korea between the technology giants with neither side hinting at a withdrawal from battle lines any time soon.