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A month after winning its high-profile patent dispute against Samsung in the U.S., Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is now targeting its big rival in the latter’s home nation. Apple has accused Samsung of abusing its position as a market leader of third-generation wireless technology and has asked the South Korean antitrust regulator to investigate the issue.
An official at the Fair Trade Commission said Apple filed the complaint earlier this year. This particular battle may result in sanctions on Samsung, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Samsung holds several 3G technology patents that have bow featured in multiple legal battles between the two companies. When Apple first accused Samsung last year of copying the design and the feel of its iPhone and the iPad, the Korean company reacted by alleging that Apple violated several of its telecommunications patents. A San Jose, California, federal court jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages last month after finding that Samsung violated six of the iPhone maker’s seven patents related to design and software.
A spokesman for the South Korean company told WSJ that it had always tried to meet obligations “to the fair licensing of its telecommunications standards-related patents.”
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