Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S, left, and Apple's iPhone 4 are displayed, (File)
Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S, left, and Apple's iPhone 4 are displayed, (File)

U.S. technology giant Apple said Friday it has filed a lawsuit in South Korea claiming Samsung Electronics infringed upon several patents.

Apple filed a lawsuit in April in the United States, claiming Samsung had copied its smart phones and tablet computers.

The South Korean company responded later that month with a lawsuit in Seoul, the U.S. and Germany, alleging patent infringements by Apple.  

Despite the legal wrangling, the two firms have a close business relationship.  Apple was Samsung's second-largest client last year, mainly purchasing semi-conductors.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.