Samsung has filed four new patent infringement lawsuits against Apple in The Netherlands seeking to ban the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and both the first and second generation iPads. The devices are allegedly infringing on four of Samsung’s 3G wireless technology patents with each one represented by its own separate lawsuit.
Apple has responded to the new complaints claiming that the patents involved are so basic to wireless technology that they ought be subject to FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory), meaning that Samsung should be required to license the patents to competitors at a reasonable price.
The new lawsuits are a sign that Samsung is serious about getting more aggressive. In a recent interview, Samsung senior vice president and head of global marketing for mobile communications Lee Younghee accused Apple of “free riding” on Samsung’s patents.
“We’ll be pursuing our rights for this in a more aggressive way from now on,” said Lee in regards to the patent battle that started when Apple first sued Samsung back in April, accusing the South Korean company of “slavishly copying” the look and feel of its iPhone and iPad design and interface.
“We’ve been quite respectful and also passive in a way,” said Lee in regards to Samsung’s business relationship with Apple as its major supplier of iPhone and iPad components. “However, we shouldn’t be … anymore.”