Samsung Electronics of South Korea said it has inquired the US international Trade Commission (ITC) to forbid the import of Apple products into the United States, increasing its copyright war with the US giant.
Samsung’s spokesperson said that the ITC has been urged to stop Apple distribution its well-known iPods, iPhones and iPads into the US market from where they are produced.
It alleges Apple of violating five copyrights connected to wireless communications standards and mobile device user interface.
Samsung said in a statement that “The complaint requests relief in the form of a permanent exclusion order prohibiting entry to the United States of all Apple products in violation of these patents. Samsung will continue to actively defend our intellectual property in order to serve our customers and to ensure our continued innovation and leadership in the mobile communication business.”
The latest action escalated lawful internal strife between the two quickest smartphone manufacturers of the world. The fight started when Apple filed suit against Samsung in April in San Francisco, charging the Korean firm of duplicating its smartphones and tablet computers.
Samsung responded afterward that month with a court case in Seoul claiming five copyright violations by Apple. It filed separate actions in Tokyo, citing two copyright violations, and the German city of Mannheim citing three.
In the previous week, Apple wedged a next court case against Samsung with a district court in Seoul, inquiring for a sales ban on newest products of Samsung. It charged them of duplicating the iPhone and iPad. Galaxy Tab of Samsung has been a big-selling competitor to the iPad, which has controlled the increasing market for the touchscreen gadgets.
The two companies have a close business relationship in spite of their spiky rivalry in finished products. Apple was second-biggest client of Samsung in 2010 following Sony of Japan, accounting for 4% of the South Korean company’s 155 trillion succeeded yearly income of $142 billion.