21 Apr '11, 1am

Apple sued Samsung because it 'crossed the line', but still hopes to maintain a 'strong relationship': Apple exec

Apple sued Samsung because it 'crossed the line', but still hopes to maintain a 'strong relationship': Apple exec

Apple's lawsuit claims Samsung's mobile phones and Galaxy Tab (left) imitated the iPhone and the iPad (right). -- PHOTO: REUTERS SAN FRANCISCO - APPLE filed suit against Samsung last week because it had 'crossed the line,' a top Apple executive said on Wednesday, but hopes to maintain a 'strong relationship' with the South Korean company. 'We are Samsung's largest customer (for liquid crystal display panels and semiconductors) and Samsung is a very valued component supplier to us,' Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook said. 'And I expect the strong relationship will continue,' Mr Cook told financial analysts during a second-quarter earnings call. 'Separately from this, we felt the mobile communications division at Samsung had crossed the line and after trying for some time to work the issue we decided we needed to rely on the courts.' Apple filed suit against Samsung in ...

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