Apple has filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California where it accused Samsung Electronics of infringing its patents. The company believes that Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets copy Apple's iPhone and iPad.

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products," the lawsuit reportedly reads.

Apple alleges that Samsung's Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Nexus S and its Galaxy Tab tablet violate its intellectual property. Apple is seeking injunctions, actual damages and punitive damages, as well as a finding that the alleged infringement was willful.

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas," an Apple representative told Mobilized.

Samsung said it would fight Apple’s legal action in the courts.

“Samsung’s development of core technologies and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio are keys to our continued success. Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property," a statement by the company reads.

It should be noted that Samsung is one of Apple's key suppliers. For example, Apple depends on Samsung's DRAM, flash memory and other components. As a result, a long legal fight will hardly be beneficial for both Apple and Samsung.