Samsung Accuses Apple of Trying to Limit Consumer Choice

Just a week after Apple won its $1 billion landmark case against Samsung, they said that they are looking to stop the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphones in the United States, a move which Samsung said is a deliberate attempt to limit consumer choice.

Apple have a second separate case against Samsung in the federal district court in San Jose, California on the cards and they have just added another four products to a list of Samsung products which Apple says infringe on its patents. Among these are the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note. If the court finds in favour of Apple, it has the power to temporarily stop sales in the U.S. market before the trial even begins.

The United States is one of the largest smartphone markets in the world and Samsung are hurting enough after they were ordered to pay Apple $1.05 billion last month over patent infringements. While they have vowed to appeal the verdict, they cannot afford to lose a case which would halt the sales of the S III, a product which has been crucial in driving Samsung’s quarterly profit to a record high.

Samsung said in a statement: “Apple continues to resort to litigation over market competition in an effort to limit consumer choice. We will continue to take the necessary legal measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products in the United States.”

This case will simply be the latest in an on-going war between the two corporate giants. Apple and Samsung are the world’s two largest smartphone makers and control over half of the global market and are involved in a number of legal cases around the world, mostly over illegal patent use.

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