updated 09:30 am EDT, Thu October 20, 2011
Hopes to block Apple on home turf
Samsung is "looking into filing a motion in a Korean court to ban the sale of the iPhone 4S in Korea," according to Samsung mobile communications chief Shin Jong-kyun. The executive spoke to reporters in Hong Kong on Wednesday. "We haven't limited our legal actions to certain countries," Shin elaborates. "We intend to take legal action in as many countries as possible with all the patents we can use."
Although Samsung has typically adopted a defensive posture in its numerous legal battles with Apple, it has both avowed and pursued a more aggressive stance in recent weeks. The company is already seeking iPhone 4S bans in Australia and Japan, as well as France and Italy. A motion for a Korean injunction will extend efforts to Samsung's backyard, where it enjoys both greater sympathy and larger marketshare than Apple.
When Samsung might follow through in filing the motion is unknown. The iPhone 4S is expected to launch in Korea in mid-November though, and so Samsung may choose to take action around that date.