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Apple assails latest phone by Samsung in U.S. suit

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The multibillion-dollar patent war between the two largest smartphone makers has taken a new turn with Apple filing fresh patent infringement charges against the Korean tech company Samsung.

Unlike in previous suits, Apple included the latest Samsung mobile devices: the Galaxy S3 phone and Galaxy Note.

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On Friday U.S. time, Apple filed a fresh infringement suit at a court in San Jose, California, claiming that the Korean company continues to “willfully” infringe eight of its user interface technologies.

The San Jose federal court is where the jurors on Aug. 24 ruled in favor of Apple and demanded Samsung to pay $1.05 billion for infringing six technologies, including the “bounce back” effect on smartphone screens.

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“Despite that lawsuit, Samsung has continued to flood the market with copycat products,” Apple reportedly claimed according to AP.

The Cupertino-based company claimed that Samsung has infringed eight additional technologies, including the slide-to-unlock feature, data detectors, word completion and universal search.

The Galaxy S3 is Samsung’s biggest seller, which sold more than 10 million units across the globe since it unveiled it in May. The Galaxy Note 2, which was released at the IFA consumer electronics fair currently held in Berlin, was not included.

If Apple wins a sales ban it will be a critical blow to the Korean company.

“Apple continues to resort to litigation over market competition in an effort to limit consumer choice,” Samsung said in a statement released Saturday.

By Lee Ho-jeong [ojlee82@joongang.co.kr]

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