Last week, Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics for allegedly copying its tablet and smart phone products. This time, Samsung fired back, by counter suing Apple on a number of claims.

Little did we know that Apple’s charges were not directed to any particular patents or trademarks, but they indicated Samsung has packaged and marketed its products extremely similar to Apple’s own iPad and iPhone. In layman’s terms, Apple’s lawsuit claims that Samsung has just been a copycat of the Cupertino-based firm.

In its counter suit, Samsung alleges that Apple is the one infringing in its very own patents. They name a number of patents and many starts to wonder why wait for Apple to sue before pursuing legal action.

Also, it is the first time in Samsung’s corporate history that it went against one of its principal client (for LCD and chips). This legal battle may put at risk business relations between the two tech firms. The timing is not shocking as Samsung will launch its new smart phone in May, ahead of Apple’s iPhone.

The lawsuits were filed in 3 different countries, South Korea, Germany and Japan. It includes 10 suspected patent infringements which are related to wireless data communication, power reduction when transmitting data and 3G technology for decreasing inaccuracy during data transmission.

Samsung said in its statement, “Samsung is responding actively to the legal action taken against us in order to protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business.”

Will these lawsuits get in the way of Apple and Samsung? Will Apple look for other suppliers of chips, LCD and processors?