Samsung to Sue / Ban Apple’s iPhone 5 Sales
South Korea’s Samsung Electronics has already planned out an aggressive legal strategy to block sales of Apple’s unannounced iPhone 5 when it arrives in Korea. Samsung will file lawsuits to try to block the sale of Apple’s iPhone 5 as part of its global legal tussle with the US technology giant.
The two firms are at loggerheads in a series of patent lawsuits over the technology and design of their smartphones and tablet computers. It was unclear whether Samsung would seek a sales ban of the Apple iPhone 5, only in South Korea or internationally.
The patent war between Apple vs Samsung has quickly escalated since the iPhone maker fired the first shot in April. At least 23 lawsuits are pending between Samsung and Apple across a number of countries. Apple has seen a few early victories against Samsung, including a permanent ban preventing its rival from selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Germany.
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So will Apple iPhone 5 be able to launch next month? Will Samsung win the lawsuits against Apple and ban the sales of iPhone 5? Yet to tell and whether it will be launching in Malaysia?? Who knows? Let’s see~!
Samsung to seek iPhone 5 ban in Korea, report says
The iPhone 5 hasn’t even been announced yet, and already Samsung is planning to ban its sale in South Korea, a new report claims.
According to the Korea Times, citing sources with knowledge of the matter, Samsung will file suit against Apple for violating its patents related to wireless communications as soon as possible after the Cupertino, Calif.-based company launches its follow-up to the iPhone 4. In that lawsuit, the Korea Times’ sources say, Samsung will request the court ban all sales of the device.
“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,” a Samsung source reportedly told Korea Times. “We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights.”
The Korea Times report is just the latest entry in the ongoing legal saga between Apple and Samsung. Over the last several months, the companies have ramped up their bitter patent battle, taking it all over the world. As of this writing, the companies are battling it out in the U.S., Australia, across Europe, and in parts of Asia.
So far, Apple has gotten the better of Samsung. In Australia, the iPhone maker was able to get Samsung to agree to show it three Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet designs before it sells the single version that Apple allows. Earlier this month, Apple successfully stopped the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, following an earlier, overturned ruling by a German court that temporarily banned the sale of Samung’s tablet across the EU.
But it’s not just tablets. Both companies claim that the other’s smartphones violate their patents, as well. And so far, neither side has budged.
Apple has been especially critical of Samsung over the last several months. In South Korea, Apple filed a complaint against Samsung, saying that its products have been copied.
“[Samsung’s] products…blatantly imitate the appearance of Apple’s products to capitalize on Apple’s success,” Apple said in its complaint in June. “The copying has been widely observed in the industry and has been mentioned in multiple articles reviewing Samsung products.”
For its part, Samsung has left most of the talking for the courtroom, deciding instead to say publicly that it will “continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property.”
This time around, Samsung has not immediately responded to a CNET request for comment on its lawsuit plans against the iPhone 5. Apple has also not immediately responded to CNET’s request for comment.
That said, there’s no telling what either side can say. Apple has so far remained tight-lipped on the iPhone 5 and hasn’t even acknowledged that the device will launch anytime soon. What’s more, the rumor mill can’t even keep it straight: some reports suggest the device will launch this month, while others say it won’t happen until October.
Source : cnet
Samsung Already Trying To Ban The iPhone 5
The next iPhone will be out soon, and Samsung’s legal team is going to be nice and ready for it: the company’s told the Korea Times that it’s already working on a national sales ban.
If a Korean court granted Samsung the injunction, it’d be an unprecedented victory in the tedious patent slap fight between the two companies (during which only Apple has landed a few slaps).
Once again, Samsung claims the iPhone 5 will step on its own patents. Will it prevail? Probably not. The company’s been unable to prove its case before judges around the world, and given the likelihood that the 5 will be largely similar to its predecessor, their luck isn’t likely to improve. This sounds more like chest-thumping than legal prowess. [Korea Times via Apple Insider]
Source : Gizmodo
Samsung Plans to Sue Apple as Soon as iPhone 5 Arrives [REPORT]
Although the next generation of Apple‘s iPhone hasn’t yet been released, and no details about the device have been given, Samsung already plans to try to ban its sales in Korea, the Korea Times reports citing unnamed industry sources.
The legal battle between the two companies has been raging for months, with Apple managing to ban the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab as well as some variants of the Galaxy S smartphone in several countries, including the Netherlands and Australia.
The companies also sued each other in Korea: Apple on the grounds of Samsung copying the iPhone and iPad product range, while Samsung’s countersuit has been more technology-based.
“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,” said a senior Samsung executive.
For now, Apple is winning the patent lawsuit war, but the next generation iPhone is one of the most anticipated gadgets of the year. If Samsung should manage to delay its launch — even only in Korea — it would be a nasty setback for Apple.
Source : Mashable
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