Samsung now wants to ban iPhone 4S sales in Australia and Japan
The ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung gets another turn as Samsung now has filed motion for an injunction on Apple iPhone 4S sales in Japan and Australia. Earlier, the Korean company said that it will try to ban sales of the iPhone 4S in France and Italy just a day after its launch as the handset allegedly infringes on its patents.
"In light of these violations, Samsung believes the sale of such Apple devices should be banned," Samsung said in a statement.
At the same time, Apple on its part says it owns a “thicket of patents,” but would only agree licensing “lower level patents.” This basically means that Apple is not there for the money like Microsoft which has reportedly signed deals with Samsung, HTC and other Android phone makers, which have to pay Redmond an undisclosed sum for every handset they make.
Apple’s goal seems to be radically different - it wants to keep some of its inventions unique to iOS.
Florian Mueller of FOSS patents went over Apple’s filings and summarized Cupertino’s strategy:
"Apple optimizes for product differentiation. Apple isn't Microsoft, which concluded a license deal with Samsung as well as eight other Android device makers. Those two companies have different business models in general and with respect to patents in particular."
So far, the legal battle between Apple and Samsung is won by the California-based company. Apple has secured injunctions against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia and Germany, while Samsung has been denied its claim for a ban on iPhone and iPad sales in the Netherlands.
Stateside, the legal battle continues. The latest hearing had US Judge Lucy Koh show the iPad and Galaxy Tab side to side and asking Samsung’s attorney which one was theirs. The attorney could not reply right away and had to resort to help from others from Samsung’s legal team.