Apple has filed a lawsuit against Samsung with the hope of banning the Galaxy S3 in the US. Updated 16:13 08/06/12

The iPhone maker has filed a lawsuit at the District Court for the Northern District of California, according to The Los Angeles Times. Apple claims the Galaxy S3 infringes on at least two of its user-interface patents. See also: Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple iPhone 4S comparison review.

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"Samsung believes Apple’s request is without merit," the firm said. "We will vigorously oppose the request and demonstrate to the court that the Galaxy S III is innovative and distinctive."

According to the BBC, Apple's lawyer, Mark Lyon said: "The Galaxy S3 will... irreparably harm Apple for the same reasons as the Galaxy Nexus, but on a much greater scale,"

Apple told us: "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, as we've said many times before, we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."

The news is just the latest part of the long standing battle between the two firms. In the past Apple has managed to ban Samsung smartphones and tablets in various countries and vice versa.

Meanwhile US mobile operators including Sprint and T-Mobile have started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S3 with a launch date of 21 June. Samsung insists the launch will go ahead as planned.