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Another day, another tech giant starts a patent lawsuit.

Still deep in a fight with Samsung in Germany and Australia over whether its Galaxy phone and tablet range infringes iPad patents – a lawsuit which has delayed the release of the tablet in Australia and saw the Galaxy Tab dramatically pulled from shelves at German Trade Fair IFA last weekend – Apple have opened up a new front against Samsung by suing them in Japan.

The Japanese lawsuit just filed with the Tokyo District Court concerns the Galaxy S phone and its resemblance to the iPhone. Apple launched the first of its several lawsuits against the Galaxy phone in California back in April when it described the Android device as a "slavish" copy of the iPhone, which copied Apple's technology, user interface and style.

We imagine the Japanese lawsuit will bring similar charges, though Apple haven't released the exact patents that it claims have been infringed.

The definite upshot will be lots of legal fees. ®

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