Patent Wars: Samsung Does an About Face, Sues Apple in Korea

After telling South Korean media in November that it would not take legal action against Apple with the purpose of blocking the sale of the iPhone 4S, Samsung has gone back on its word and is doing just that by claiming that the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 infringes on three of its patents.

According to Reuters, the complaints that were filed on Tuesday in Seoul cover three utility patents and involve methods of displaying data, the user interface and short text messages.

According to TheNextWeb, the November decision to not go forward with any lawsuits in Korea was “debated until the last moment,” which might explain the abrupt turnaround on Samsung’s part. Their heart was never really in it.

The patent wars between Samsung and Apple have been ongoing since the latter sued the former for “slavishly copying” the iPhone and iPad with its Galaxy line of products in April of 2011.With wounded pride, Samsung turned around and sued Apple for infringing on its patents and not paying royalties.

Today, the two rivals have filed more than 30 cases in 10 different countries, making their battle a veritable “world war” across North America, Australia, Europe and Asia.

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