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Steve Jobs would sue his sister ...

April 19, 2011: 6:26 AM ET

If she dared develop an Android device, says an expert tracking the latest patent suits

Samsung Galaxy

"Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung has chosen to slavishly copy Apple's innovative technology, distinctive user interfaces, and elegant and distinctive product and packaging design, in violation of Apple's valuable intellectual property rights."

Strong language for something as dry as a patent and trademark infringement suit, but that's the kind of rhetoric Apple (AAPL) legal used Friday when it filed suit in a California Federal court against one of its top suppliers for allegedly copying its iPhone and iPad designs, down to the screen icons and the boxes the devices are shipped in.

"Apple is waging an all-out patent war on anything Android," writes FOSS Patent's Florian Mueller, who obtained a copy of the 16-point complaint on Monday. Apple sued HTC a year ago and Motorola (MOT) last fall, but Samsung has deeper pockets and plays a key role in Apple's supply chain. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple purchased more than $6 billion worth of chips, displays and other components from Samsung last year.

"By going against Samsung," writes Mueller, "Apple clearly demonstrates its absolute determination to fight 'anything Android.' It looks like Steve Jobs would even be prepared to sue a member of his family should any of his kins decide to build Android-based devices."

Below: Mueller's summary (with links) of the claims of intellectual property infringement filed on Friday:

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