The Game Of Brinkmanship Continues: Apple Countersues Samsung In The UK

The legal cases between Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and Samsung are now developing on a daily basis — and as we predicted yesterday, it looks like we are starting to see more actions in individual countries in Europe. Today, Apple filed a suit against Samsung in the UK. The news comes just two days after it emerged that Samsung recently filed a patent case against Apple in France, and three months after Samsung filed a case against Apple in the UK.

So far, there are few details on the case filed today in court in the UK — we have reached out to Apple and Samsung for comment and will update this post as we learn more. (The news of this most recent case was first reported by ZDNet.)

But, if the many cases that Apple has filed against Samsung in other parts of the world are any guide, Apple may well be making one more claim of design infringement: in other cases in Germany, the Netherlands, Korea, the U.S. (both at the International Trade Commission and in Federal Courts), Japan and Australia, Apple has accused Samsung of copying the iPhone and iPad tablet designs in its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets

In addition to the case against Apple in the UK, Samsung has also filed suits against Apple in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and the U.S.

While Apple has largely been claiming design and trademark infringements in these cases, Samsung has focused its efforts more on technology patent infringements. The recent case filed in France, for example, is believed to concern patents around UMTS radio technology in the devices.

Matching up the list of cases up above, we have yet to see any legal actions taken by Samsung in the Netherlands or Australia, or Apple in Italy.

But since the German ruling last week determined that Apple cannot get a Europe-wide injunction on Samsung’s Galaxy tablets — only in Germany itself — it seems to have opened the playing field for cases on a country-by-country basis in the region.

That means unless a rapprochement gets reached soon in this increasingly messy patent war, we may well see more suits ahead.