Samsung has just unveiled an awesome new smartphone, the Galaxy S III, so naturally Apple has just unveiled a not-so-awesome lawsuit against Samsung. According to the Cupertino-based iPhone maker, the Galaxy S III infringes upon two Apple patents – U.S. Patent Nos. 8,086,604 and No. 5,946,647.
The first has to do with “unified search,” while the second involves “links for structures.” According to Apple, this isn’t the first time Samsung has tried to rip off these particular patents, “the Galaxy S III contains two of the exact infringing features already at issue with respect to the Galaxy Nexus.” In a comment to CNET, Apple further explained,
“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”
Currently the Galaxy S III is set to launch on five U.S. carriers starting June 21, but not if Apple can help it. Apple has issues with the whole Galaxy S line, so this news is not too surprising.
The two tech giants have been at odds for quite some time now. For the sake of consumers and competition, I hope Apple is unsuccessful in banning the Galaxy S III from the U.S. It really does look like a fantastic phone.