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Samsung seeks Iphone 4S sales ban in France and Italy

More countries to follow as battle continues
Wed Oct 05 2011, 11:07

KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung will try to block sales of Apple's Iphone 4S in France and Italy, with other countries to follow.

According to a Samsung blog, the company will file separate preliminary injunction motions in Paris, France and Milano, Italy today requesting that the courts block the sale of Apple's Iphone 4S in their respective markets.

The move is the latest in the Apple and Samsung round the world patent battle that has the two companies suing each other left, right and centre. Earlier this week, we reported that Apple rejected Samsung's offer to settle a dispute over the sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets in Australia.

Samsung's preliminary injunction requests in France and Italy each cite two alleged patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets.

Samsung said, "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."

The Korean firm added, "Samsung plans to file preliminary injunctions in other countries after further review." µ


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