Samsung reportedly mulling a legal offensive against the new iPhone in Europe as well

Samsung reportedly mulling a legal offensive against the new iPhone in Europe as well
Hot on the heels of yesterday's news that Samsung will try to ban the sales of Apple's next iPhone in Korea, basing its lawsuit on wireless patents infringement, now comes a Reuters piece alleging the same move in Europe as well.

The "source familiar with the matter" has disclosed that Samsung is planning to ask for an injunction against Apple's iPhone 5, or whatever the retail name ends up to be when it is about to launch next month in Europe, probably basing its counteroffensive on several wireless patents it holds, which will be featured in the new iPhone as well.

Apple is suing Samsung in a number of countries on four different continents, trying to ban sales of its tablets and smartphones for allegedly infringing on design and interface patents it holds. It succeeded in banning the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from being sold or marketed in Germany, and the injunction in the Netherlands against three smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S II, is about to be heard soon, which will eventually affect a large part of Samsung Mobile's EU operations.

The Koreans have obviously decided to go to the mattresses in a tit-for-tat offensive against Apple's new products, if the rumors from yesterday and today are to be believed, which can only make us fatter from all the popcorn we'll eat while watching the catfight.

source: Reuters

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68 Comments

1. Go Samsung unregistered

Finally... go sammy.... Please also in US and worldwide... too... not only Europe and Korea...

8. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Yessss! ban it from this planet. Build your headquarters somewhere else! GOOGLE EARTH!!!!! NOT iEarth!!!

2. mambocream

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

I SO hope that Apple gets a taste of their own medicine here. They have a lot more to lose if the main device that they offer is banned. Please... Sammy FTW

12. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Exactly... Seeing that Apple only introduce one mobile device per year (or probably a few more this year), this move by Samsung, if successful, will surely cost Apple A LOT of lost profit. On the other hand, if Samsung's Galaxy line is banned from sales, the effect of it, though still substantial, will not be as severe a blow Apple will suffer when its sole mobile device is banned from sales. It's all because Samsung's Galaxy line isn't the sole lineup of phones Samsung have. Anyway, it's interesting to see how these chain of events end up. I'm never a big fan of all these lawsuits but still, it is a wee bit interesting to see a company like Samsung striking back on a patent troll like Apple.

3. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

am i the only one that is surprised that none of the other major companies are following samsung in court? or will these legal battles eventually eat into profits

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Samsung please do everything you can to show Apple that 2 can play at this game. Apple fears Samsung, but Samsung will only do this as not revenge but to TEACH Apple a lesson. I am all for it Samsung, do everything in your power to drop the hammer on Apple's weak, yellow, scared a$s. lol Apple Samsung is huge, & will make your life very complicated. lol Apple you aked for it! :-)

5. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

the hypocrisy is amazing. every apple sues story is met with "apple is evil for this" "these suits are so bad for the consumer"......... every apple is getting sued story is met with "yeah! screw apple" "theyre getting what they deserve" its a back and forth. it is not all apples fault. they are not the evil super power that you fandroids make them out to be. all these law suits are terrible for the consumer. grow up.

9. mambocream

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

I agree that they are bad for the consumer. Fewer choices means higher prices. We all know that. The support here for Samsung is due to the constant barrage by Apple towards anybody and everybody they can file a lawsuit against, and it is NOT to get paid for patent infringements, because that could be settled out of court. It is to BAN other manufacturers' hardware. I would love to see this all stop and let everyone compete for customer loyalty by producing the best hardware that they can instead of by blocking out the competition with lawsuits.

27. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

have you read the article earlier today that showed the chart of lawsuits? Apple is not the only company suing.

55. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Apple is not the only company suing, yes. But we can't deny the fact that they are the only company that has the balls and the nerve to sue just because of gesture, menu icons, phone design and etc.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thats because apple is bullying. samsung is retaliating to get them to come to a standstill and stop the stupid lawsuits. it wont happen unless samsung boxes apple into the same corner that apple is putting samsung in. and from the sounds of it, samsung has the stronger case.

23. waveydavey unregistered

This is the kind of logic that has led to unrest in the middle of east for **literally** centuries.

25. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Samsung has the stronger case based on what? Can you give us the legal breakdown on their patents?

59. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

because samsung IS SUING FOR PATENTS. Apple is suing for similar designs.. which are NOT patents. patents if proven valid are a black and white lawsuit, where designs are subject to personal opinion.

13. TOdoubleD

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

It is bad for the consumer, and you can thank Apple for starting all these silly lawsuits and the patent war. These companies were left with no choice. It wouldn't have been back and forth if Apple would've just embraced the competition, and let it push them to be more innovative. Instead they chose to try and eliminate the competition. And just so you know it's not just the "fandroids" that feel this way. I'm typing this on my iPhone 4 right now.

15. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

i would agree with you 100% if it wasnt for the fact that apple started all this banning bull first, if it was samsung who started with the banning i would hate them too but it was apple and samsung is just fighting fire with fire...if apple just sued like every other company where they get money for the infringement instead of banning a product from consumers then i dont think there would be such a fuss.just look at microsoft they are not trying to ban android they are happy with getting paid for any infringments on there patents but nooo apple want to ban,just shows they are not happy to accept competition..what do you expect samsung to sit back and accept all the suing from apple...i new this was coming, samsung is one of the biggest companys in the world and has a large portfolio of patents and i would not be surprised if apple were infringing on a few...i dont want to see the iphone banned cause i got an ip4 and may actually get the next one myself...but hopefully this will give apple a dose of there own medicine and maybe they will have a rethink and realise that maybe banning is not the way and start competeing with products like they once did and if there is any infringments then accept loyalties like everyone else....if every company wanted to ban for infringments then we would not have half the thing we have today.

18. ilia1986 unregistered

ayephoner - I will explain. You see, when Apple banned the Galaxy tab, and the Galaxy S - and threatened to ban many other devices as well - that was a serious threat to consumer choice and competition - because the consumer was stripped from many different products at once. Now - if Samsung is successful at this - the consumer will be stripped from only max 2 choices - the iPhone and the iPad. Maybe - that way it will cause people to consider buying something else other than a shiny pricey brick with an apple logo on it - which is you know - good, seeing as Apple is the only brand which has blind fanaticism going for it which significantly affects sales and overall customer perception. When you got too many people seeing nothing but McDonalds as food - and outright refusing to eat anything else - maybe forcing them to eat something else for once - has its benefits.

22. waveydavey unregistered

There's a word for that: fascism.

24. ilia1986 unregistered

Care to explain?

28. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

you're such an idiot it's not even funny

30. ilia1986 unregistered

I believe that statement is to be addressed to yourself, taco. I am eagerly waiting for the day in which the iPhone will be banned in the US. No doubt, this will probably create mass hysteria. Only then will a lot of people be unplugged from the Apple Matrix - and embrace the real free world.

32. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Maybe people get the iPhone because it's a superior product. Adults don't care about live wall paper and widgets. Those features are more for teenage girls.

34. ilia1986 unregistered

Maybe. And maybe people get the iPhone because they are so brainwashed by Apple's marketing campaign that they don't know better - literally. Fact: Android allows you to have the freedom to customize your device the way you want. iPhone does not. Therefore, anyone who buys an iPhone is either brainwashed - or is intentionally limiting oneself when it comes to his\her smartphone customization. I admit - I belong in the latter group. What I didn't realize is how hard would I want to customize my phone after several months of using it.

39. waveydavey unregistered

A world is not free if you have to force people to choose something new. Your statement is a contradiction of terms my friend. It is not the courts' place to mandate which choices are available, even if it includes a more expansive selection.

41. ilia1986 unregistered

Well of course not. I am not saying that Samsung banning Apple would be good overall for the consumers in terms of choice. I am just saying that Samsung banning Apple in the US would have positive side effects as well. Why I eagerly anticipate this to happen? Two reasons: 1. I don't live in the US. 2. I do not plan to get another iPhone. Ever. Nor do I know anyone who does, personally.

42. waveydavey unregistered

Choice IS what is good for consumers. In fact you admit this your self in the post that gives a negative connotation who CHOOSE to limit the CHOICE they have in customizing their phones. I am looking for some logical consistancy here, and I'm finding it hard to find some.

44. ilia1986 unregistered

Yes but you see - when you see so many people CHOOSING NOT TO CHOOSE as in - buying an iPhone - and CHOOSING consciously to LIMIT themselves in terms of CHOOSING how their phone looks, sounds and behaves, one might think that LIMITING the former choice, and thus FORCING people to CHOOSE rather than AVOID CHOOSING is a necessary step in an effort to preserve the very idea of CHOICE. Hard to grasp, I know. In short - too many people are limiting themselves. that is of course their choice - but ultimately - I believe that is serves no good for mankind. And I am not the only one.

51. waveydavey unregistered

So, people choose a phone which has limited customization options. Let's say that's because they don't care about the other options. That's their...you guessed it...CHOICE. And then you come along and tell them, they need to have the choice to choose something different, which they do, and they continue to choose a phone which limits their CHOICE (in regards, of course, to live wallpapers and ringtones etc). But, that's just not good enough for you, so you take away their choice to choose in order to preserve their choice to...choose? my friend, your logic makes no sense. Essentially, you have changed the names and kept the terms of the patriot act: In order to preserve freedom, we must limit it. HAHAHAHAHAHA I scoff at thee.

64. ilia1986 unregistered

Sometimes it's true. Remember Nazi Germany. What would you have preferred? To intervene and force people NOT to vote for the Nazi party by banning it Even though it's entirely not democratic? Or let them all be? Sometimes it's necessary - because the public doesn't know any better. I believe that in regards to cellphones - it's necessary right now. Think I'm overreacting? Then I urge you to read "1984" by George Orwell. See for yourself how what Apple does now - can easily lead the entire world into what goes in that book. Btw taco - I'm 24 - and if you were unable to grasp my logic in my previous post - unlike waveydavey who at least did - that means that you're either below 16 - or mentally retarded. Which is something we all know anyway regardless of which one it is.

68. waveydavey unregistered

I have read that book many times. Trust, if any company comes close to mirroring that book, it is the beloved Google.

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