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Samsung already preparing for iPhone 5 ban

updated 09:20 am EDT, Mon September 19, 2011

Apple-Samsung war now up to 23 lawsuits

Samsung is already preparing to ask for a ban on the iPhone 5 in South Korea, sources for the Korea Times claim. "Just after the arrival of the iPhone 5 here, Samsung plans to take Apple to court here for its violation of Samsung's wireless technology related patents," a senior Samsung executive is quoted as saying, under promise of anonymity. "For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights."

The company is allegedly taking a more aggressive, preemptive approach as a result of Apple's contested injunctions against the Galaxy Tab in Germany and Australia. "We are taking different tactics since we are quite confident," another Samsung executive explains. "If Samsung wins in Germany that will give us a big breakthrough and so will other envisioned efforts against such products as the iPhone 5."

The Times cites only "officials" as saying that the next iPhone will support NFC technology; it's unknown if the people are referring only to planned cases, but throughout 2011 NFC has been rumored as a possible built-in feature. The Times also reports that the iPhone 5 will soon be carried by KT and SK Telecom, using LCD and camera parts supplied by LG, but flash memory from Samsung. Samsung has been a long-term Apple supplier, such that neither company is likely to want to alienate the other. Nevertheless, there are now a massive 23 lawsuits in progress between the two companies worldwide.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Scott

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    Joined: Sep 2011


    Cool, I like their thinking.

    We won't stop copying Apple and they won't drop their suits elsewher so then South Korea will be the only country that can't have the iPhone5 and they lose!

    It's a good market but not big enough to be a huge loss to Apple.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How does this work?

    Samsung has the only patents for mobile telecommunications and they won't license to Apple?

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Temper tantrum

    Apple is kicking Samsung's rear end in courts around the world. And even after the legal battles are over, the pain will continue for Samsung. No, the pain won't stop. It's just barely beginning.

    Apple has already taken steps to stop purchasing LCDs from Samsung and to buy from other suppliers. A Samsung employee has been convicted of leaking iPad details months before its release. Apple has cut a deal with TSMC (a Taiwanese manufacturer) for A5, A6, and A7 chips, dropping Samsung. And, as we all know, RAM is a commodity item. Samsung isn't special there, and with partners like Samsung, who needs enemies?

    So what can Samsung possibly do? They can try to maintain their public image. That's just about all. They'll launch an attack on Apple, and it will fail. Basic technology patents, especially in mobile, are encumbered by "fair use." No company can use patented technology for free. But the patent holder must allow all potential users of that technology to license it, for a fee. Patent holders are not allowed to prevent competitors from using their patented technology.

    Of course, all these technical details don't seem to be important to Samsung's legal department. They've used a science fiction movie ("2001: A Space Odyssey") to "defend" their blatant copying of iPad. Maybe they'll use romantic comedies to attack Apple next.

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