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.