Samsung trying to ban iPhone 4S sales in France and Italy

Before the Apple’s event we got reports stating that Samsung is intending to ban sales of the Apple’s next iPhone, which we now know is the iPhone 4S, once it is announced. This is exactly what they are doing.

We recieved reports after the Lets Talk iPhone event that Samsung are keeping to their plan and have filed two motions  for preliminary injunctions in Paris and Milan. This is their attempt to ban sales of the iPhone 4S in France and Italy.

Quoted from Samsung’s blog:

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.

The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.

Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation.

Samsung plans to file preliminary injunctions in other countries after further review.

Due to the plans that Apple have relieved, they are planning to start sales of the iPhone 4S in France on the 7th of October and in Italy on the 28th of October. This will indeed be a disappointment to the French and Italian iPhone fans if this motion is passed.

Via 9to5Mac


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