The latest leg in the long running, never ending and exceedingly tiresome legal battle between Apple and Samsung sees the Cupertino firm once again seeking an injunction against the Korean firm’s Galaxy Tab slate.

Apple had previously been rebuffed in its attempts to have Galaxy Tabs pulled from shelves in the United States, but a recently won appeal sees the doors re-opened for the company’s legal eagles, with the battle lines once again being drawn. Samsung has until May 25th to respond.

The ongoing spat between Apple and Samsung has been going on for what may seem like forever. With legal arguments surrounding hardware from the Galaxy Tab to the Galaxy S smartphones, Apple believes that Samsung has been copying its industrial design, software and even its packaging over the last couple of years. Samsung, obviously, disagrees with that assertion.

The arguments have not just been confined to the United States, either. Both Samsung and Apple have sought injunctions all around the world, with Germany and Australia finding themselves smack bang in the middle of an epic battle that shows no sign of calming. Many had wondered whether the passing of Steve Jobs would soften Apple’s stance on the matter, but it is becoming clear now that new CEO Tim Cook is more than happy to continue the legal pursuit of Samsung that Jobs began.

The legal action, initiated on Friday, comes after Apple won an appeal at theĀ  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, with the ruling that Apple’s iPad patents are likely valid opening the doors for further legal battles between the two warring technology giants.

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The appeal overturns an earlier ruling from a California court that meant Apple was unable to ask for a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

This new ruling could see the Samsung tablet be removed from shelves across the United States as soon as early July, according to reports, leaving Samsung with little time to mount a defense against Apple’s seemingly relentless legal barrage.

While it is clear that almost everyone else is growing increasingly tired of legal news from the two behemoths, it seems the people that matter are more than happy to keep taking the matter to the courts.

(via AppleInsider)

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