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Samsung to Seek Ban on iPhone 4S Sales in France and Italy

Making good on its previous plans to target Apple's new iPhone in an attempt to ban sales of the device over intellectual property infringement, Samsung has announced that it will indeed file requests for preliminary injunctions today in France and Italy.
Samsung Electronics will file separate preliminary injunction motions in Paris, France and Milano, Italy on October 5 local time requesting the courts block the sale of Apple’s iPhone 4S in the respective markets.

Samsung's preliminary injunction requests in France and Italy will each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets.
Samsung notes that it plans to file additional requests in other countries as it reviews the situation. Samsung's efforts are part of an escalating patent dispute between the two companies that has seen Apple win delays in the launch of Samsung's Galaxy Tab device in Australia and Germany.

Today's announcement from Samsung does not cite the specific patents it will accuse the iPhone 4S of infringing upon, but it is likely that they will be patents already being used by Samsung in a Dutch lawsuit against Apple seeking the ban of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, and original iPad.

Apple has argued that those patents are essential enough to the basic operation of 3G wireless technologies that they should be subject to FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms requiring Samsung to license them under reasonable terms. Apple's position is that Samsung has not been offering reasonable terms for the patents, and the two parties have been unable to reach an agreement on their licensing.

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33 months ago
I guess now that the 4s was revealed we can go back to countless stories about lawsuits and store openings...
Rating: 50 Positives
33 months ago
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33 months ago
Guys, you're all getting very very upset at Samsung for suing Apple for holding a genuine patent for an actual technology.

Yet, when Apple sued Samsung you were all very supportive of Apple, saying that Samsung should have designed a triangular phone or something because anything shaped like a flat rectangle = Apple.

All I have to say is this:





Don't even pretend for a second that you're being fair to both companies. You know where your allegiances lie, and that's perfectly fine. Just stop trying to spread your crap about suing the innovator and omg Samsung copied Apple's 'sell products in box' design etc etc.

Sure, downrank me to death. Just understand that Apple copies other companies, yet you don't post hate threads and posts about it, just praise for Apple. You'll tell me that the notification center is different from Android's pulldown bar in a million ways, but neglect to think about how the design of the Galaxy S is completely different in many ways as well before posting "omg samsung is a copycat".
Rating: 21 Positives
33 months ago
I bet Apple wish they could cut Samsung as a supplier... :p Hopefully they'll be able to do that eventually.
Rating: 21 Positives
33 months ago
Surely this will make people hate Samsung even more?
Rating: 20 Positives
33 months ago

More like the Android policy in general.


Which is why Apple's pull-down notification centre in iOS 5 is almost identical to the pull-down notifications that Android has had for a long time?
Rating: 18 Positives
33 months ago
Poor Samsung! Because you cannot innovate doesn't mean you must hate the innovator.. Stop following and create something groundbreaking. Than you allowed to sue.
Rating: 18 Positives
33 months ago
Oh for feck's sake, Samsung, give it all up already!!!.. Hey don't you know that the patents you are espousing as being yours are now being generally being used everywhere, huh? I am on Apple's side in respect of FRAND so hopefully the courts will rule in their favour, not Samsung's.

Samsung is gonna lose a lot more than they think in their actions.. it would make people question the company's aims and make the brand a lot more unpopular at least in the eyes of Apple but also in the eyes of ordinary consumers too wherever they are.

Samsung, be careful mate, you are going a long way down if this blows up in your faces...

dougal55
Rating: 17 Positives
33 months ago

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Samsung's policy is like China. Copy everything now, worry later. Great images :D
Rating: 16 Positives
33 months ago
Samsung are only fighting back the best they can

I'll be very surprised though if this sticks
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