Samsung to file requests for injunction against the Apple iPhone 4S in France and Italy today, other countries to follow
Just as promised, Samsung's lawyers are not wasting one iota of their overly paid billing hours to try and ban the iPhone 4S from being sold and marketed in various countries. Today it will file a request for preliminary injunction against Apple's newest phone in Paris and Milan.
After France and Italy, other countries are to follow, based on a review where Samsung's 3G standard-related patent claims are likely to stick most. The Koreans have filed such lawsuits in Australia and on their home turf in Seoul as well, and they were rumored to try and stop the sales of any new iPhone as soon as it's announced, since it is still using the 3G technologies that are allegedly infringed upon:
Samsung Electronics will file separate preliminary injunction motions in Paris, France and Milano, Italy on October 5 local time requesting the courts block the sale of Apple’s iPhone 4S in the respective markets.Samsung plans to file preliminary injunctions in other countries after further review.
Samsung's preliminary injunction requests in France and Italy will each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets.
The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.
Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation.
Whether the courts will agree is another matter, but anything goes to get leverage in the patent feud between Apple and Samsung at this point. Cupertino's lawyers already shot down a deal offered by Samsung in Australia, saying it is just trying to buy time in order to continue selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the holiday period. Apple has said that the royalties Samsung demands for its 3G patents are "excessive" and that it has planted a time bomb when the 3G standard was created, patenting the related tech at a later date.