Apple has filed lawsuits against Samsung, asking a German court to ban sales of the Galaxy S II and nine other smartphones, along with five tablet models.
AppleInsider scribe Sam Oliver writes:
The new suit was filed in the Dusseldorf Regional Court and cites multiple patented designs owned by Apple in Europe, according to Bloomberg. A separate lawsuit also targets five Samsung tablets, and is related to a September ruling that barred sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Though Apple managed to initially block the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, Samsung redesigned the device and renamed it the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Those changes were apparently enough for the court in Germany, which indicated last month that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is not likely to be banned from sale.
As for the smartphone suit, it targets Samsung’s Galaxy S Plus in addition to the Galaxy S II. No other individual smartphone models were identified in the report, but there are said to be 10 in all named.
A spokesperson for Samsung confirmed that the South Korean manufacturer had received the lawsuits from Apple.
The first courtroom attack against Samsung by Apple was made in April, when a lawsuit accusing the company of copying the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad was filed. A worldwide legal battle was ignited, with both companies accusing the other of patent infringement.
The lawsuits now span across four continents.