Samsung Looks to Ban iPhone 4S Sales in France, Italy
Who else saw this coming?
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.