Apple strikes back against Samsung; files suit in South Korea

Summary:The war between Apple and Samsung has taken another turn as the iPhone maker has filed a lawsuit in South Korea against the company behind the Galaxy S smartphone.

The war between Apple and Samsung has taken another turn as the iPhone maker has filed a lawsuit in South Korea against the company behind the Galaxy S smartphone.

According to Reuters, Apple's latest lawsuit argues that Samsung "infringed upon several patents." Unfortunately, more specifics weren't divulged, but a spokesperson for Apple Korea told Reuters:

It is 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.

So whatever the case is about can't be much different than the bickering that has gone on between these two for the last few months.

This all follows a long back-and-forth legal path between the two tech giants. The ball rolling got rolling when Apple and Samsung followed patent suits against each other in April. Apple claimed that the look on Samsung's Galaxy S smarpthones and tablets looked awfully similar to the design of the iPhone and iPad. Then Apple asked to see Samsung's upcoming products ahead of their release dates to check things out and determine if there was any kind of patent infringement.

Samsung responded by filing suits of its own against Apple in South Korea as well as Japan and Germany. Additionally, the Seoul-based tech giant demanded to see the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 ahead their unscheduled release dates as well. Naturally, Apple didn't like this and is trying to refute Samsung's claims in California.

With the exception of all the lawyers, lawsuits and other legal matters, doesn't this all seem a bit high school-like already?

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Topics: Samsung, Apple

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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