Samsung Electronics recently filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) as they seek a ban on the sale of key Apple products in the US. In a nutshell, the South Korean consumer electronics giant intends to prevent the iPhone, iPad and iPod models from being imported and sold in the the US. Sounds rather outlandish, and we do think that this filing will not go through or get approved – after all, to think that there will be no more iPads or iPhones in the US is just unimaginable. To date, both companies have no love lost between them, as they have accused one another of copying designs and technology.
Samsung’s statement mentioned that “Samsung will vigorously defend our intellectual property to protect our role as a leader and innovator in the mobile communication business in order to better serve our customers.”
Analysts think that the legal wrangling was an unnecessary headache for both firms, as they are dependent on each other in some ways. Samsung is the one who provides microchips for Apple’s products, while Cupertino is also a key client for the Korean manufacturer, having settled for business worth around $5.7 billion in 2010 alone between them.