NEW YORK / SEOUL (Reuters) – On Monday Apple stepped up its offensive against Samsung Electronics in the patent war between them by attacking the Nexus range of smartphones equipped with the latest version of Android, the operating system Google.
The group at the apple has asked a California federal court to block the sale of smartphones Galaxy Nexus rival South Korea, which are equipped with the new Android platform known as the Code of Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Galaxy Nexus is the first mobile equipped with the latest software from Google, which should be adopted by other manufacturers like HTC and Motorola Mobility.
In its complaint, filed in a court of San Jose last week, Apple believes that this model violates four of its patents, particularly regarding the control system and voice search.
Samsung said in a statement to be aware of this complaint on Monday.
“We continue to assert our rights to intellectual property and defend ourselves against claims from Apple to ensure our continued innovation and our growth in mobile communications,” said the giant South Korea in a statement.
Apple’s complaint opens a new front in the legal battle between the two groups of patent. The conflict of the Californian group with Samsung, which is both a supplier and a rival, is particularly harsh, with some 20 court cases underway in ten countries.
On the Nasdaq, Apple’s stock gained 1.6% in early trading Monday, breaking for the first time the symbolic threshold of $ 500. Google for its part, progressed by 0.9% to 611.21 dollars.