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Apple sue Samsung – Products look alike – but bussiness as Usual

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Do you Think Apple iPhone and the Galaxy S  and Samsung Galaxy Tab and iPad Look alike? Well the experts at Apple and their legal team surely believe so. Not just physically but even the User interface is also very Apple iPhone inspired and inspiring other manufacturers to make the number one competitor to the Apple products is the last thing Apple wants to do .

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Samsung, alleging that the consumer electronics giant has violated Apple’s intellectual property in the design of its mobile devices.

The suit, which was filed last week and picked up on by The Wall Street Journal, takes aim specifically at the Galaxy series of smartphones and tablets, as well as other Samsung smartphones, for “copying” Apple’s user interface and design features. In it, Apple–the maker of the trend-setting iPhone and iPad–claims Samsung is infringing on its patents and is practicing unfair competition.

The lawsuit is of special interest given the relationship between the two companies. Samsung is the supplier of components in a handful of Apple devices, including part of Apple’s A4 and A5 processors, which can be found in the company’s iOS devices as well on the Apple TV product.  Apple has moved away from Toshiba to Samsung as the provider for solid-state storage in its MacBook Air notebooks.

Apple invested $100 million in Samsung back in 1999 to help boost the company’s production of flat-panel displays. Even so, the two companies have traded blows at one another publicly. In 2005 Samsung promised to knock Apple from its top spot with the iPod, launching a massive ad campaign the following year. More recently, during Apple’s iPad 2 unveiling, Apple CEO Steve Jobs knocked Samsung’s tablet efforts, misquoting Samsung vice president Lee Young-hee as saying that sales of the company’s 7-inch Galaxy Tab tablet had been “small.”

Apple has been a large customer of Samsung’s over the years, working with the company to buying up large orders of flash memory for use in devices like the iPhone. In February the two companies were said to be working on a contract agreement with one another worth $7.8 billion, yielding parts like processors, flash memory, and LCD panels for future devices.