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Samsung looks to secure iPhone 4S ban in South Korea

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.



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  1. futuredrop

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    +9

    I would

    Love to see how Korean customers would react when they have to shell out over thousand dollars for iPhones through grey markets.

  1. TomSawyer

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    +11

    Hope Samsung knows

    all their wrangling is losing them customers in more arenas than one. I was just recently shopping for a refrigerator and passed on their numerous offerings because of their legal posturing. Will be adding another TV soon at my place and guess what...that won't be Samsung either.

    They keep it up and they may lose a customer with much more clout than myself. If they lose Apple as a customer over this they're likely to regret all their games.

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: Jan 2007

    +4

    Not to mention the

    huge money drain of trying to get even, through playing the legal system, instead of moving forward.

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010

    +5

    Samsung has no choice

    They can't just give up. They are forced to go through the motions of trying to defend against Apple's infringement and trade dress suits and trying to attack Apple's products. It's just public relations theater, but it has to be done.

    But really, they did it to themselves. The blatant copying is so obvious, in everything from the design of their products to the packaging to the power supplies. Shameless.

  1. futuredrop

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    Joined: Oct 2011

    -1

    I would

    Love to see how Korean customers would react when they have to shell out over thousand dollars for iPhones through grey markets.

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