Los Angeles – Samsung has filed a counterclaim against Apple with the U.S. District Court in Northern California that accuses the iPhone maker of infringing on eight of its patents. This move was made in response to Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung, which was originally filed in February of 2012. Apple accused Samsung of patent infringement and “seeking an injunction and damages on sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.” Samsung has since denied Apple’s allegations and has now filed the counterclaim accusing the company of the same type of infringement.
Samsung, originally founded in South Korea, now has multiple subsidiaries and owns approximately 30,665 U.S. patents. It is accusing Apple of infringing on its U.S. patent numbers 7,756,087; 7,551,596; 7,672,470; 7,577,757; 7,232,058; 6,292,179; 6,226,449 and 5,579,239. Samsung claims that the infringed patents are “essential to European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).” Two of the patents are referred to as “FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory)-pledged.” A FRAND patent allows companies to “develop open standards by sharing information and technology.”
Three of the eight infringed patents were originally owned by Hitachi and other companies but were eventually purchased by Samsung.
Although both companies are said to be in litigation in multiple countries for separate matters, it was just last year that the two companies were in a lawsuit against each other in a separate patent infringement claim. Apple sued Samsung in April 2011 claiming infringement on patents related to the iPhone and iPad. Just this week U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ordered that the two innovative companies meet to discuss a settlement agreement in this lawsuit. Judge Koh ordered that along with the patent attorneys, Apple chief executive Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung also participate in the discussions.
It is possible that there will be a settlement in the Apple v. Samsung case that was filed last year. However, the latest action of Samsung in filing a counterclaim against Apple may make it more difficult to reach an agreement on its most recent case.