Samsung seeks sales ban on Apple's new iPhone

5th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Wednesday it would seek a ban in France and Italy on sales of Apple's newly released iPhone, in the latest round of its legal battle with the US technology giant.

A spokesman for Samsung warned that it was "virtually going into an all-out war" with Apple as the two computer giants continue to row over copyright infringements.

Samsung said in a separate statement it would file preliminary injunctions in the two countries to ban sales of the iPhone 4S, citing what it called two patent infringements regarding mobile technology.

The company said it would also file preliminary injunctions in other countries "after further review".

The move came a day after Apple unveiled its iPhone 4S, which goes on sale in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Britain on October 14 and in another 22 countries including Italy from October 28.

"Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free-ride on our technology, and we will steadfastly protect our intellectual property," Samsung said.

The world's number two mobile phone maker claimed the US firm infringed its technology patents on wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets.

It said the infringed technology was essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and described Apple's violation as "too severe".

The two firms are already at loggerheads in a series of patent lawsuits over the technology and design of smartphones and tablet computers.

But Samsung will become more aggressive from now on, the spokesman told AFP on condition of anonymity. "We are virtually going into an all-out war", he said.

The battle began in April in the United States when Apple accused Samsung of "slavishly" copying its market-leading iPhone and iPad.

Apple has since sought a ban on sales of Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab in Germany, Australia and other countries, prompting Samsung to file counter-suits.

Apple won a crucial battle with Samsung in Germany last month when a court ruled the Galaxy Tab had copied the iPad, and banned it from sale in the country.

But Samsung filed counter-complaints in France, vowing to defend its presence in Europe.

© 2011 AFP

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