Samsung Looks to Ban iPhone 4S Sales in France, Italy

Considering the back and forth legal battle Samsung and Apple have been engaged in for the last seven months, it's no surprise Samsung has taken issue with Apple's latest product, the iPhone 4S. After all, Samsung had just announced the Galaxy Tab 7.7 at IFA when Apple took action to have it pulled from the show. The Cupertino-based company had already won an injunction against the Galaxy Tab in Germany and argued that Samsung's 'NOT FOR SALE IN GERMANY' disclaimer on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 was not enough. Apple yesterday launched another iPhone, and it seems Samsung is determined to throw a spanner in the works.

Bloomberg today reports that Samsung plans to file two separate patent infringement suits, one each in Paris and Milan, alleging infringement of two Samsung-owned patents relating to wireless telecommunications technology. The company said in a statement that Apple continues to 'flagrantly violate' its IP.

"Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology," Samsung is quoted as saying. "Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that iPhone 4S should be barred from sales."

A Samsung spokesperson told Reuters that in France and Italy, the courts can approve a ban for a product before it even hits the market.

Earlier this week, Apple rejected Samsung's offer to settle its Australian legal differences. Samsung had offered to release a modified version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, but not as an admission of wrong doing. The company says it just wants to get the go ahead to launch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in time for the holiday shopping season.

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  • Apple: We Innovate to reach the top. We sue everyone else to stay there.
  • ParsianMore Jobs attitude toward innovation and, less f***ing Lawyers.

    Exactly what did you smoke today, pardon my French?

    Did Apple invent tablets? Nope, it's something from 90th.
    Did Apple invent "rectangular device with rounded corners"? (this "community design" is the reason Samsung Galaxy is banned in Europe's biggest market, Germany) Are you kidding me?

    Unlike with Apple's "innovations" of "we buy this and that and slap it there, then give it a spin in media" Samsung owns patent on actual technology. Something you spend money on when developing, you know, investing in R&D not simply buying a company that owns the patent. (like Apple with multitouch or now Siri)
  • ChiefTexas_82Apple: We Innovate to reach the top. We sue everyone else to stay there.

    huh? What has apple actually innovated except fisher price interfaces to make idiots think they are computer 'experts"?
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  • More Jobs attitude toward innovation and, less f***ing Lawyers.
  • Apple: We Innovate to reach the top. We sue everyone else to stay there.
  • ... WTF!?