It seems as though Samsung and Apple just can’t put their differences aside. This time Samsung has taken another swipe at Apple, filing a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
The complaint refers to “mobile electronic devices, including wireless communication devices, portable music and data processing devices, and tablet computer.” Foss Patents speculates that Samsung is asking the ITC to ban the import of Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod into the US.
But website CNet wrote that the process is not that simple. “However, before such a ban is even close to being imposed, the U.S. ITC must first agree to hear Samsung’s complaint. So far, the agency’s panel has not done so, and the complaint’s status is pending.”
The trouble started brewing between the two companies in April this year, when Apple accused Samsung of copying their designs, and filed a lawsuit to prevent them from continuing.
“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,” an Apple representative told AllThingsD.
It seems to be a case of tit for tat, but whether the ban will go ahead, is another story.
By Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor