Skip to comments.Samsung targets iPhone 4S sales ban in France, Italy
Posted on 10/05/2011 9:05:03 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Samsung targets iPhone 4S sales ban in France, Italy
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics said it will file patent-infringement claims in France and Italy to ban the sale of Apple's new iPhone less than a day after it was unveiled, intensifying a legal battle between the two top brands.
It will also file legal cases in other countries to stop the sale of the iPhone 4S after further review, the South Korean maker of Galaxy smartphones and tablets said in a statement.
Samsung has emerged as a credible challenger to Apple's mobile devices and the two companies are battling over patents in courtrooms around the world. They have sued each other in 10 countries involving more than 20 cases since April.
The latest salvo from Samsung comes hours after Apple's newest iPhone launch left investors and Apple fans wishing for more than a souped-up version of its previous device introduced more than a year ago. Apple shares fell as much as 5 percent before recovering to close down 0.6 percent on Tuesday.
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I can't speak for international patent law; but my understanding of patent law within the US is that you MUST defend your patent against anyone, consistently. You may not arbitrarily allow some companies to use your patent without license, while demanding license from others; lest your patent become part of the public domain. I believe this is what Apple is going to assert; that the patent is invalid in that it is public domain and that the patent is 'obvious' and a part of the common wireless phone communications standards.
It seems like Samsung has worked things out with everyone else EXCEPT Apple.
Apple sued and won injunctions in Austrailia and Germany on the Samsung Galaxy; now Samsung is going to attempt to hit back. The problem is that this is a battle Samsung cannot win. Samsung is losing Apple business for their memory, display and various other chipsets - and Apple represents a huge business segment; in short this represents billions of dollars that are going to go to Samsung competitors.