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Apple to appeal decision on possible patent violation

Many people in Michigan have witnessed the huge success of the iPhone and iPad over the last few years. In fact, many Michiganders are likely equipped with these state-of-the-art devices. But, because of the success by Apple -- the company that produces these electronics -- other companies have rushed production efforts to construct and market similar products.

For example, Samsung Electronics Co. has done just that -- and is looking like its product is a little too similar for Apple's taste. Apple has since introduced business litigation against Samsung over possible patent violations.

Back in April, Apple filed a lawsuit stating the Samsung's line of Galaxy mobile devices --including a smartphone and tablet computer -- were essentially copies of Apple's products, which the company had patented. Smartphones are telephones with other such capabilities as checking e-mail, taking photos and video and browsing the Internet. Tablet computers are small, slim, handheld computers.

Apple attempted to stop Samsung from selling these devices, claiming they violated patents that Apple held. A U.S. judge in San Jose, California would not stop Samsung from selling their products. Now, Apple is planning on bringing its plea to the United States Court of Appeals in Washington to see if it can halt Samsung.

The two companies have been gridlocked in a web of lawsuits for a while now. The companies have filed a combined 30 lawsuits against each other in a geographical location that spans to 10 different countries. Spokespeople for both companies did not immediately offer a comment concerning the ongoing legal battle.

Apple is based out of Cupertino, California while Samsung's home offices are located in Suwon, South Korea.

Source: Bloomberg, "Apple to appeal lost U.S. court bid to block Samsung sales," Karen Gullo, Dec. 8, 2011

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