Samsung Planning to Seek Ban on Apple’s iPhone 5 When it Releases?



According to a new report published by The Korean Times Samsung “is seeking a complete ban” on iPhone 5 sales in Korea even before the device is released in the market.

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. 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 publication claims that Samsung’s executive is very confident about “a big breakthrough” provided the Korean giant wins in Germany.

Apple is Samsung’s largest customer for NAND flash memory and custom-built A4 and A5 processors. The Cupertino, California-based company has been reportedly looking at alternative suppliers and considering TSMC for future supplies.

Apple has been quite aggressive when it comes to patent litigation by calling companies “copycats” and suing for any possible patent infringement. It’s very interesting to note that Samsung is planning to target an unannounced product with it’s wireless technology patents. Samsung will certainly try to put pressure on Apple to settle the matters out of court.

The Dusseldorf court in Germany recently ruled that Sumsung must cease sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet as it was found to be very similar and a copy of iPad’s design.

In a recent report Reuters also suggested that Samsung could be looking at being awarded an injunction against iPhone 5 in Europe.

Samsung Electronics Co is considering legal action to ban sales of Apple’s new iPhone, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, in what could be its strongest step to defend against claims by the U.S. firm that the South Korean firm had copied its product designs. The source declined to elaborate further on where Samsung planned to take legal actions and the Maeil Business Newspaper reported that the South Korean firm may seek injunction request on Apple’s new iPhone in Europe.

Apple is widely expected to announce the release date for iPhone 5 during a media event rumored to be held on October 4th. The fifth-gen iPhone according to speculation and previous reports will feature 8 megapixel camera, dual-core A5 chip, higher RAM and a radically thinner design.

{via 9to5 Mac}


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