Samsung Files More Suits Against Apple in Korea

Samsung Electronics filed three fresh patent lawsuits against Apple with the Seoul Central District Court on Tuesday, a spokesman said. This is the second time since April last year that Samsung has sued Apple over patent infringements in the country.

Samsung claims that Apple violated patents on a split screen feature, user interface design, and text message and photo display features.

Vying for leadership in the global smartphone market, the two firms are engaged in about 30 patent litigations in nine countries. A German court in the first decision in their legal battles on March 2 rejected suits filed by both.

Meanwhile, there are signs that Apple has stopped its offensives and is seeking a compromise with Samsung. According to Dow Jones on Wednesday, Apple is willing to pay average royalties of US$5-15, about 1-2.5 percent of the price of each smartphone to patent holders including Samsung.

Apple appears to have judged that neither side stands to gain much since neither has won a decisive victory so far. The Samsung spokesman said, "We can't answer whether Apple made such a proposal or not, but we can say that there's no change in our position."

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 08, 2012 11:10 KST