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Samsung seeks injunction banning iPhone 4S in Europe

updated 07:05 am EDT, Wed October 5, 2011

Samsung seeks to ban just announced iPhone 4S

Samsung has issued a statement saying that it will file for a ban on Apple's just announced iPhone 4S in France and Italy as its courtroom battle with Apple continues to escalate. The latest attempt by Samsung to block the sale of Apple's 3G-equipped products uses the same argument as it has previously: Apple is using its Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G without a licensing agreement.

"Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free-ride on our technology," the South Korean firm said in its statement.

"We will steadfastly protect our intellectual property."

Samsung has said that it expects to file the preliminary injunction requests for a ban on iPhone 4 sales on Wednesday and that they are over Apple's use of certain wireless technology. The company has targeted France and Italy in this instance as their laws allow for companies to seek a ban on the products of other companies even before their products reach the market.

The latest development follows Apple's rejection of a Samsung compromise that would have allowed the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to go on sale in Australia. The two companies are engaged in multiple suits across several continents around the globe, locked in a feud where there is no apparent end in sight. [via Reuters]

by MacNN Staff



  1. tightzeit

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I thought

    that was developed by the Japanese?

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just Apple?

    I don't support Apple's look and feel lawsuit nonsense....AND...I don't support Samsung either.

    My question is WHY isn't Samsung suing EVERY company that is using their WCMDA standards? Does Samsung claim that all the other smartphone manufacturers pay licesencing fees to Samsung? I seriously doubt this.

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Licence should be de facto

    All that licences dispute over key technology puzzled me a lot. Apple is a integrator, they mostly use off shelf part from many corp around the world, The iPhone baseband processor is be produce by Qualcomm or Broadcom. How come Apple use the same baseband of other phone and be the only one to violate Samsung IP?. How come Qualcomm, Broadcom and other produce and sold parts and don't covert all licence fee for IPs their products uses?

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Won't fly

    Apple alleges the product will cause confusion in the market so it shouldn't be on the market until it's decided. That makes sense. Sales are at stake here.

    Samsung alleges Apple is using their technology without paying. Sales are not at stake here. if Apple loses, they pay the licensing fees and possibly a fine. But it isn't costing Samsung sales in the mean time.

  1. facebook_John

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    Joined: Oct 2011


    Samsung suing for FRAND

    Samsung suit is in regards to FRAND. Except Apple approached Samsung years ago to get a FRAND license but Samsung refused Apple. Now Samsung is trying to play that card like Apple ignored the FRAND. But that's totally untrue, and this suit will back fire on Samsung for Anti-competitive laws. Just Apple, have you looked at a Galaxy phone or tablet? The similarities abound everywhere in look and feel. Apple has won in several courts so there must be something to this and Apple has the right to protect its intellectual property. Remember who came out with this category to begin with, Apple.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: frand

    Samsung suit is in regards to FRAND. Except Apple approached Samsung years ago to get a FRAND license but Samsung refused Apple.

    Gee, and here I thought it was a company's right to license their stuff or not. You know, the same right Apple has to not license the iOS or MacOS.

  1. Sandman619

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Innovation fosters competition

    Since Apple has modified the 3G capabilities for the iPhone 4S, software & possibly hardware optimizations, it is possible that they alone would need to license a similar technology. Most other handset makers are truly in the commodity component packaging business. Apple often designs many of the components that goes into their products

    While this suit frenzy is getting a tad old, competition includes innovations in hardware & software designs as well as the look & feel of a product. The Android OS was developed to compete with Apple's iOS & Android had a head start only because Google's CEO was on Apple's board & had access to Apple's plans early on. Samsung's products copy much of the iPhone's look & feel. Competition thrives on innovation, not simply copying products already in the marketplace. Apple has every right to defend their innovative designs same as any inventor could. Apple's strategy should be to halt the sale of Samsung's copycat products, which will force Samsung to design a unique product, which fosters greater competition

    Cheers !

  1. facebook_Jakub

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    Joined: Oct 2011


    Funny iphone 4s review
    Very funny review on the Iphone 4s

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