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Despite becoming Samsung's biggest client earlier this year, Apple has decided it was time call out their favorite semiconductor manufacturer by filing a lawsuit today in South Korea. The relationship devolved from cozy bedfellows to awkward and creepy after Apple claimed Samsung's Galaxy line "slavishly" copied the iPhone and iPad.
"It is no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging," an Apple Korea spokesman said.
Previously, a judge advised the two companies to consider the children and work something out, and last week a lawyer for Apple claimed both companies were talking about the situation "at the highest levels". With the new lawsuit from Apple filed today, it would seem those talks failed.
Samsung has become a huge player among smartphone manufacturers, and by leveraging the growth of the Android OS has established itself as the main potential competitor to Apple in the tablet market.
Friday's suit from Apple claimed Samsung infringed upon several patents, and was seeking compensation for those infringements. In a previous filing against Apple filed in South Korea, Japan, and Germany, Samsung also claimed patent infringement.
These things can get so ugly.