In reply to Apple Inc.'s lawsuit on patent infringement, Samsung Electronics Co. filed a counterclaim in California's federal court that the American electronics manufacturer has also infringed its eight patents. Last Wednesday, Samsung filed a counterclaim before Northern California's District Court.
According to the filing, the UMTS and W-CDMA patents under consideration involve the dependability, efficiency, capacity, functioning and compatibility of mobile devices in W-CDMA and UMTS networks.
In the month of February, a patent infringement lawsuit was filed against Samsung by Apple. Apple asked for a ban and damages the Samsung Galaxy Nexus's sales and several devices. However, according to Samsung's counterclaim, they did not infringe the patents mentioned in Apple's lawsuit.
Apple also filed charges on patent infringement against Samsung in the month of April during the previous year before the same court, complaining about a slate of devices that infringed its patents with reference to the iPad and iPhone gadgets. Recently, the two manufacturers decided that within 90 days, they will hold a settlement meeting regarding this lawsuit.
On the other hand, Samsung also accused Apple of patent infringement of some of its products. Samsung claims that Apple infringed, for instance, the 2009 patent Multimedia Synchronization Method and Device in its iPhone, iTouch, iTines, iCloud as well as in its Apple TV and Apple computer.
Since April 18, Samsung Electronics and its US subsidiaries said that its US patents amount to 30,665 which comprises 6,238 patents in its portfolio’s telecommunications section Florian Mueller, a patent analyst, said that two of the patents are FRAND or fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory-pledged patents which, according to Samsung, are important to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) standards. FRAND let firms improve open standards through information and technology sharing. Both Apple and Samsung are caught up in different lawsuits in various countries.