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}


17 Comments on “Samsung Planning to Seek Ban on Apple’s iPhone 5 When it Releases?”

  1. GoSammy

    Apple started this.  Sammy was the one feeding Apple and surely Sammy got pissed off by this ‘copycat’ claims and law suits.  Remember without Sammy, Apple could not possibly have been this successful.

    I am not a Sammy fan nor Apple fanboy, but I wish best of luck to Sammy.  You have deserved much more than this by Apple.

  2. Guest

    Welcome to the world of desperate copycats, they (Samsung) copy everything and claim they are all their ideas & technologies. Then they become so aggressive promoting the false fact (who’s the original) and eventually it’s all theirs. Scary and ridiculous. Better not to deal with anything from them. 

      1. Bardhok Ndoji

        Comments usually make pretty good picture of the commenter!
        Sure many parts are made by Samsung and how smart do you have to be, to know that
         this does benefit Samsung more then it does  benefit Apple. Since Samsung could not keep the mouth shot but had to unveal seecrets of a new Apple products, or copy them, Apple decidet to take the business somewhere else. Now do your maths and tell us who is a loser?

        1. Schatje

          Comments do illustrate a good picture, don’t they? Let’s look at yours.

          Your claim that Samsung can’t keep its mouth shut may be true, but then again, Apple can’t shut itself up either. Two “lost” iphones in a row eclipses anything Samsung has supposedly leaked in the past.

          Samsung, like any other large corporation has done its share of copying. Apple is not exempt from this truth though and you’d be a naive fool to think otherwise. Apple’s CEO (at the time) had something to say that not only brought the truth of his company’s thievery to the light of day, he was actually bragging about it. “Picasso had a saying
          – ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal.’ And we have always been shameless about
          stealing great ideas.” -Steve Jobs-

          Apple did take its business elsewhere and so far, a factory has blown up…lack of production to meet quotas…defective screens produced in significant quantities…etc.Yeah, let’s do the maths, kiddo! lol

      2. Guest

        Well, I’m not talking about only iPhone. There are many products from their side that resembles so much alike other products. They maybe are good at reverse engineering, but they got to do more than just that. Are you really sure you never heard of anybody claiming Samsung (or other manufacturers from there) look similar to other already well-acknowledged products ? (like, cars?)

  3. Dave

    Crazy claim by Samsung.  If they want to sue for an issue like this they can’t single out Apple.  They have to also include Motorola, HTC, etc because they all use the same technology.  Plus, it’s a broad use patent for the market.  The only way a phone company like Verizon Wireless or ATT would use CDMA technology is if they could apply it to a number of different phones.  They wouldn’t carry it just for Samsung use.  It would cost them wayyyyy too much.  I can understand Apple suing Samsung over look and feel, but this is just crazy.  What’s next?  Apple gonna sue Samsung over using LTE 4G technology?  They bought many of the LTE patents from Nortel not that long ago.  Ridiculous.

    1. Schatje

      Please, try to think on this for a minute. Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung regarding form-factor was nothing but crap from the start and both sides knew it. It’s only purpose was to delay Samsung. What Samsung is doing is no different. You realize how many thousands of times large corporations pull stunts like this? All the time, the difference is this one is being reported on but it’s no different than the rest. Just bs claims from both sides to get the edge on sales. Don’t let either company fool you.

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