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]