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Apple files patent lawsuit against Samsung

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Recently, officials from Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung, claiming the latter company infringed on its patented smartphone.

Apple's iPhone has among the best sellers on the market. Samsung, hoping to take advantage of the hot mobile device market, created and released the Galaxy S smartphone. Apple contests in its lawsuit that the phone copied the design of its iPhone 3.

The filing is part of a larger lawsuit as well, in which Apple claims Samsung's Galaxy products "slavishly imitated the designs and technologies used for the iPad and iPhone," according to Bloomberg. 

Samsung, which is a memory chip supplier for Apple, has combatted the Cupertino, California-based technology company's efforts with its own lawsuits, filed in Seoul, Tokyo, Mannheim, Germany and the U.S.

The legal battle between the two companies highlights the importance of conducting due diligence among companies. Without performing adequate research regarding new products, companies can be accused of patent or copyright infringement and enter into costly court cases. Having proper business insurance in place for such occurrences may be critical. 

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